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The Purple & 

August 25, 2005, Volume 70, No. I JL 

M il Isaps College 


Photo by Jason Jarin 

Millsaps freshmen light candles to symbolize the passing 
of knowledge from the current Millsaps community to its 
new scholars during Tuesday's Fourth Night ceremony. 


Millsaps' new students 
light up the night with 
Fourth Night ritual 

Ace Madjlesi 

Staff Writer 

On Tue., Aug. 23, the Millsaps 
community welcomed its newest 
members as this year's freshmen 
participated in the recently insti- 
tuted Fourth Night ceremony. 
Rushton Johnson, Assistant Dean 
and Director of Residence Life, 
says, "It was really surprising to 
me that an institution as tradition- 
al as Millsaps did not actively 
practice more traditions or rituals 
such as Fourth Night. " 

Dean Brit Katz says that Fourth 
Night was "a unique combination 
of ideas" taken from research he 
and others did of other institu- 
tions' traditions. 

Dean Katz thinks it is a tradi- 
tion that Millsaps should naturally 
participate in. "Millsaps College, 
like other outstanding houses of 
higher education, blends a stu- 
dent's academic life with their 
campus life. Fourth Night is a tra- 
dition that encourages students to 
reflect upon their college experi- 

ence in a writing exercise immedi- 
ately followed by a ritual that 
embraces them officially into 
Millsaps' student life." 

The formal inaugural ceremony 
required freshmen complete a 
reflective paper. Johnson says that 
the idea behind the paper is to 
capture where the participants are 
prior to the ceremony as a new 
student. The essays will be revisit- 
ed after four years and will show 
the development of the student 
during his time at Millsaps. 

After the writing exercise, the 
new first years' processional was 
led into the Bowl, where the flags 
of the countries of international 
students were displayed alongside 
the Millsaps flag and American 
Flag. Johnson adds that these 
flags were "a way to honor the 
new international students, and 
display some of the diversity with- 
in this group of students." 

A sense of pride and ritual was 
set with the waving of three ban- 
ners and the lighting of three 
flames, all representing the three 

core values of Millsaps: honor, 
integrity and compassion. 

Fourth Night was also a way to 
introduce the Major Call. The 
Major Call was recently devel- 
oped by students as a way to put 
down in writing what is expected 
of members of the Millsaps com- 
munity. At the ceremony, stu- 
dents and faculty read the Major 
Call aloud, led by SBA President 
Theon Johnson. 

The new tradition was also an 
attempt to endear students to the 
College. Jessica Hoffpauir, a junior 
Foundations director who helped 
coordinate the ceremony, offers, "I 
hope the new students feel con- 
nected to Millsaps and that it is a 
special experience for them". 

Dean Katz enforces this state- 
ment, saying, "I am hopeful that 
Millsaps students will graduate, 
and 20 years hence, look back 
upon Fourth Night as an occasion 
that stirred their hearts with emo- 
tion, pride and love for their alma 

Third floor of New South Hall 
now 'substance-free* residence 

Becky Lasoski 

News Editor 

The Office of Residence Life has 
created a new living arrangement 
for Millsaps' on-campus students 
for the 2005-2006 school term. The 
third floor of New South Hall has 
been labeled the "substance-free 
hall." Students residing on this 
floor signed a pledge to refrain from 
keeping substances such as tobac- 
co, alcohol and drugs in their dorm 

"We would like the substance- 
free hall to show students that alco- 
hol and drug consumption does not 
have to be the primary focus of a 
college career," says Georgianna 
Martin, assistant director of resi- 
dence life. 

The substance-free hall was the 
brainchild of Dr. Janis Booth, 
Director of Counseling Services. 
"I've been encouraging the school 
to implement this type of housing 
option for 10 or 12 years. It was not 
logistically possible until Dean Katz 

thought of having a co-ed hall. " 

When residents decided to live 
on the third floor of New South, 
they were asked to sign the 
Substance-Free Pledge in order to 
complete their housing application. 
"The pledge stated that residents of 
the hall will not consume or store 
the listed substances in the resi- 
dence halls while they are living 
there," says Martin. 

The decision to live on the sub- 
stance-free hall was made on a vol- 
unteer basis and residents of the 
hall will face more severe punish- 
ments if caught with the illicit sub- 
stances then those on a regular res- 
idence hall. Martin adds that "stu- 
dents found with those substances 
will be written up and possibly 
removed from the hall". 

For those students living else- 
where on campus, the policy 
regarding illicit substances remains 
the same for this school year. "All 
halls are substance-free, excluding 
those students who are of the legal 
age to buy alcohol or cigarettes. 

These students are allowed to keep 
the substance in the privacy of their 
rooms," affirms junior Resident 
Assistant Jenny Blount. "Those 
who are not of the legal age and are 
caught with such substances will 
be written up by security, [who] 
will confiscate the substances as 
well," adds Blount. 

"It is going to be an interesting 
year," says Kristen Keating, resident 
assistant of the substance-free hall. 
"I believe that the residents will be 
very cooperative about the special 
rules on the hall, but I'm worried 
that their friends who visit the hall 
will not." 

The substance-free hall is not yet 
full to capacity. "This is surprising 
because New South is a preferred 
dormitory," mentions Keating. 

Keating plans on incorporating 
some unique hall programs focused 
on alcohol and drug abuse aware- 
ness. "I'm planning on having 
'mocktails' for our first hall meet- 
ing!" says Keating. 

Photo by Paul Dearing 

Residents of the substance-free hall have pledged to not con- 
sume or store certain illicit substances in their dorm rooms. 

Recruitment rules adjusted to improve sorority rush experience 

Eric Sumrall 

Staff Writer 

Changes have been made to the 
2005 recruitment process which 
will affect all women who plan to 
join a sorority at Millsaps. All of the 
sororities who are members of the 
National Panhellenic Conference 
have made adjustments to their 
recruitment or "rush" rules to bring 
them into accordance with 
Conference policy. 

The sororities at Millsaps gov- 
erned by the National Panhellenic 
Conference are Chi Omega, Delta 

Delta Delta, Kappa Delta and Phi Mu. 

"I think the new rules will make 
potential new members feel alot 
more comfortable than in previous 
years," sophomore Jordan Willett 
says of the changes. 

The biggest change in the 
recruitment process concerns both 
off-campus functions and func- 
tions where alcohol will be avail- 
able. The Millsaps Panhellenic 
Association 2005-2006 Recruitment 
Policies and Procedures states that, 
"Fraternity women shall not invite, 
walk with, or drive a potential new 
member to any off-campus func- 

tion or any function where alcohol 
is present, including fraternity 

Additionally, budgets for the 
recruitment period have been 
capped at $2000 instead of the pre- 
vious $2500 that was allowed last 

A more detailed policy for soror- 
ities' skit night has been adopted 
as well. The new guidelines for 
skit night include limitations on 
decorations, the number of frater- 
nity women allowed to stand in a 
horseshoe around potential new 
members and when singing and 

dancing are allowed during the 

Sorority advisor Kendrick 
Schetter offers, "The recruitment 
officers for each sorority meet 
annually to review any necessary 
changes in the recruitment policies 
and procedures to make positive 
changes in regards to contact 
between sorority women and 
potential new members." 

Schetter believes that these 
changes will improve the recruit- 
ment process, saying, "The women 
have always made changes that 
make the process smoother and 

more comfortable for both the 
active sorority members and the 
potential new members. I believe 
this year will be no different. " 

Katie Tumminello, a sophomore, 
adds, "The new rules will ease 
some of the pressure of recruit- 
ment for both sorority members 
and potential new members." 

General recruitment anxiety 
may not be the only aspect of a 
rushee's experience to benefit from 
the new rules. Senior Emily 
Hildebrand says, "The changes as 
a whole will be good for academics 
as well." 

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Creation of Fourth Night begins positive tradition 

Beginning a new year at Millsaps includes moving back into the dorms, seeing friends that have been missed over the summer and starting a new semester of classes. It also means 
seeing the new students as they arrive with their parents and move into Franklin, Bacot and Sanderson. In watching these students begin their time here, it is only natural to also 
reflect on our own time here, and on the moments we look forward to seeing these students experience each year - our traditions. 

Unfortunately, there are very few traditions at Millsaps College. It is true that the freshmen will experience Opening Convocation, signing the Honor Code. Inevitably, there will be a 
Tap Day each semester, and every year, the entire campus will look forward to Major Madness as well as Welcome Weekend and the skits put on by the First Year Experience program. 
Beyond these events, however, there are few customs which are engrained in the life of a Millsaps student. 

With this thought in mind, Fourth Night was created for the class of 2009 and those to follow. Giving Millsaps students a way to come full circle in their Millsaps career, Fourth 
Night, taking place in the Bowl, served as the beginning of this year's freshmen's lives on campus. Graduation, also taking place in the Bowl, will serve as the conclusion. Created by 
Dean Katz and the Division of Student Life, Fourth Night will give Millsaps a tradition to add to the College's rather short list. 

The days of the Millsaps fight song being sung at athletic events are gone. Most students could not begin to sing the fight song. Many students cannot sing the alma mater. 
Freshmen are no longer forced to wear pajamas to class, carry an upperclassman's books or participate in other activities designed to build camaraderie between the students on cam- 
pus. Beginning this year, the Millsaps vs. Mississippi College Backyard Brawl football game has also been discarded, leaving current students with few events they know they can 
count on yearly. 

Whether or not Fourth Night will be a success, serving its purpose of adding stability to the lives of freshmen students and giving them a clear path to follow, remains to be seen. 
What can be seen, however, is that the Millsaps administration recognizes that the College is lacking some of the vital things, such as campus traditions, that help contribute to a col- 
lege's success over a long period of time. By simply recognizing this fact, vast improvements can be made over time, so that when the Class of 2009 and the classes that follow gradu- 
ate, the students will know that they are leaving a place not only with a rich history but also with meaningful traditions. 

Will substance free really 
work at Millsaps? 

Chris Robinson 


If you haven't read the article about the substance-free hall found on 
the Life section then stop now and go read it. The rules don't allow you 
to have any drugs, alcohol or tobacco products in your room or on your 
hall. Now, my problem is this: No one is allowed to have drugs on their 
hall or in their rooms, nobody under twenty-one can have alcohol in their 
room, and no one is allowed to smoke in their rooms, so what is the hall 
really protecting? The hall seems to be set up to only give the perception 
of substance-free, as students are not asked to be substance-free all the 
time, but merely on their hall. 

Now, to be fair, the administration created the substance-free hall for 

those students who, in the past, have had problems with drug and/or 
alcohol abuse. However, the hall is also being used by people who have 
moral objections and by those who simply wanted to live in New South 
and weren't going to be able to otherwise. 

Like all the rest of New South the substance-free hall is co-ed. Unlike 
the rest of New South the substance-free hall still has seven empty spots 
on it. So, Millsaps cannot fill the entire hall because not enough people 
are willing to live substance-free, even to get into the best dorm on cam- 
pus. Last semester, when the school realized they were not going to be 
able to fill up the substance-free hall in New South they should have made 
some steps to solve that problem. Instead they just left the problem and 
hoped that they were going to fix it this fall. 

There is however a pretty simple solution to the entire problem of the 
substance-free hall being in New South. Each New South hall has fifteen 
double rooms, while each cube in Galloway has six double rooms. So, if 
the administration moved the substance-free hall from New South into 
two non-co-ed cubes in Galloway they could almost fill the two cubes. 
Now, putting the substance free-hall into Galloway would certainly make 
living there less desirable, but it would still be perfect for those who need 
a substance-free lifestyle. However, even if they had filled up the entire 
hall there are still some questions that need to be answered by the school. 

It's not the concept of the substance-free hall that bothers me or any 
other students. For me, there is a serious problem with Millsaps setting 
up a system of rewards for morality, which is what has happened because 
of the location of the substance-free hall. They have made it so that if a 
student is willing to be substance free then they are able to get better 
options for housing than those students who wish to be able to imbibe. 
This seems a little hypocritical for a school that calls itself free-thinking. 

Misperceptions seen on 
both sides of the Atlantic 

Sumner Holmes 


I was afforded the amazing opportunity this year to study abroad in 
Paris, France. Upon my return, I reflected on my experiences for the past 
month and a half. I thought about who I had been when I left the U.S., 
and how different he was from the man, who was now returning home. I 
had changed a lot in many different ways, much more so than I thought 
I would. Looking back in retrospect with what I know now, I realize how 
immersing oneself in another culture can really transform his or her 

I was able to meet a lot of Europeans and get to know them. Usually I 
would meet them only once but still get to know them fairly well. I talked 
to a Frenchman named Julian about international politics over a few 
Guinnesses at one of the local Parisian watering holes. I played guitar and 
sang with four German kids in the Munich train station at two in the 

morning. I had a beer with a trilingual bouncer from Cameroon (I didn't 
know where that was either) . I met people from Canada, Australia, South 
Africa and scores of other places. . , 

One thing I found by talking to Europeans is that we Americans need 
to start being a little more conscientious about our foreign policy. I am not 
saying that we need to let countries like France or Germany tell us when 
we can and cannot defend ourselves (the mere proposition is preposter- 
ous), or that we should always be worried about stepping on other coun- 
tries' toes (in the realm of international politics, this is inevitable). All I'm 
saying is that citizens of other countries truly looked up to us as the 
founders of democracy and the protectors of the world, and were disap- 
pointed because what George W. Bush did was neither democratic nor 
helpful in protecting the world. In my whole time in France, I never met 
a single Frenchman who had anything bad to say about the United States 
of America; they only expressed their disapproval of Bush. 

There was no anger in Julian's voice as he shared his concerns about 
the war in Iraq. Instead, there was only disappointment. He never derid- 
ed Americans for being stupid by voting for Bush or complained about 
America being too powerful. He did express how disillusioned he was 
now that the U.S. had ceased to show respect for other nations. That was 
really all that it boiled down to. When George W. Bush went to war with- 
out the United Nations' approval, he thumbed his nose at the world in a 
singular act of defiance. 

I find solace in my memory of the cemetery at Normandy, in 1944, 
2500 American boys died on the shores of France in an effort to liberate 
her. I wonder how many politicians have walked past the seemingly 
unending rows of graves to imagine a man standing in the stead of each 
headstone. I wonder if America will ever do anything that selfless again. 
As Eisenhower said of the soldiers who fell at Normandy, "They died so 
that others may live." I hope that after all is said and done in Iraq, this 
will still hold true. 

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Columnists Chris Robinson 

Russell Turley 

Staff Writers Ace Madjlesi 

Eric Sumrall 
Anansa Bailey 
Debbi Rigney 
Jonathan Giurintano 
Jacob C. White 
Catherine Schmidt 
Rob Stephens 
John Kellogg 

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PAGE 3 • THURSDAY, August 25,2005 * THE P&W [ 

Meet Jackson's new mayor: Frank Melton 

Anansa Bailey 

Staff Writer 

Frank Melton (photo courtesy of the 
Melton for Mayor 

she city of Jackson elected a new 
mayor, Frank Melton, last June. 
Since moving into the mayor's 
office on the Fourth of July, the 55- 
year-old mayor has been patrolling 
the streets with Jackson police on a 
mission to tackle Jackson crime. 

During his inaugural celebration, 
Melton announced his plan for 
reducing Jackson crime with the 
statement "We are coming and we 
are coming strong, in a way you 
have never seen before." 

Melton and his police caravan 

have lead sweeps into the neigh- 
borhoods near U.S. highway 80 
that included police checkpoints at 
Ellis Avenue and Lynch Street. He 
is also set up road blocks across 
Jaskson. Melton has also taken the 
approach of going on foot from 
door to door at some hotels in the 

Melton has also attempted to 
shut down various locations he 
deemed dangerous to Jackson. 
These locations have included 
clubs, bars and low-incoming hous- 

The Upper Level Night Club, a 
frequented area by college stu- 
dents, is considered a "nuisance to 
the city" by Melton. The judge 

allowed the club to stay open under 
the agreement with owner to hire 
two off duty law officers for securi- 
ty, expansion of the parking lot, 
and other arrangements. 

Along with lowering crime, 
Melton has plans to lower the tax 
rate. On Tuesday August. 16, 2005, 
in a city council meeting, Melton 
suggested to the council that they 
find somewhere to cut one million 
dollars from the budget as opposed 
to raising any taxes. 

"I don't think Melton will affect 
Millsaps at all." said Security 
Officer Eartis Nichols. 

Millsaps security does not typi- 
cally allow Jackson police on cam- 
pus. "He will communicate with 

street guys, not Millsaps students." 
said Security Officer Deloris 

"Frank Melton will have a huge 
impact on the Jackson area. I do 
believe that he will have an affect 
on the area around Millsaps, but 
Melton will not have an affect on 
Millsaps this early in his term," 
senior Kerry Leflore says. 

In the meantime, the city of 
Jackson and surrounding metropol- 
itan area are patiently watching 
Frank Melton's every move to see if 
he can follow through with his 

Melton did not respond to 
repeated interview requests. 

Proposed meal plan tax adds cost to fees 

Debbie Rigney 

Staff Writer 

Bad news for the college stu- 
dents of Mississippi: students at all 
colleges, universities, and junior 
colleges in the state will have to 
pay a seven percent tax on their 
meal plans. The Clarion-Ledger 
reports that on July 1, 2005 the 
Mississippi State Tax Commission 
informed the schools of the tax 
which will not likely take effect 
until spring or fall 2006 to allow 
schools time to prepare. 

Although college meal plans in 
Mississippi have not been taxed for 
fifty years, "this tax is not new," 
clarifies Deputy Commissioner 
Alice G. Gorman of the Mississippi 
State Tax Commission, "college 
meals have always been taxable." 
Fifty years ago most colleges 
allowed., s.tudents to pay for room, 
board and tuition in one lump sum 
instead of breaking up the cost into 
categories, allowing schools to 
avoid the tax. However, on a rou- 
tine audit of a college in 
Mississippi, the State Tax 
Commission discovered that col- 
leges now offer meal plans sepa- 
rately. Additionally, students on 
larger campuses are able to pur- 
chase meals from on-campus fast 
food vendors with their meal plans. 

What does this mean for 
Millsaps? "We are in discussion 
with our tax accountants and the 
State Tax Commission about how 

this new tax is actually going to 
work," says Vice President for 
Finance Louise Burney. 

Millsaps commuters without a 
meal plan are already feeling the 
effects of the tax. On August 20 
Vice President Burney alerted the 
school via e-mail that the base 
price of individual meals purchased 

This tax comes on top of rising 
college costs. Since the 2000-2001 
school year, Millsaps meal plan cost 
per semester has increased by $421, 
and tuition has increased $2,650. 
The cost of the meal plan for this 
semester is $1,659.00, and tuition is 

Understandably, some Millsaps 

Annual Meal Plan Costs 


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2000-2001 2001-2002 2002-2003 2003-2004 2004-2005 2005-2006 

School Year 

Values take from respective Millsaps College Catalogs. In 
2000-2001, dorm and meal fees were combined. This value 
reflects the cost of the meal plan for commuters. 

in the cafeteria will remain the 
same, but these meals will be taxed 
9 percent, the tax on prepared 
foods in Jackson. What this tax will 
mean for students who purchase a 
meal plan is yet to be seen. 

students seem frustrated. "I think 
the tax is bad because meal plans 
are already so expensive," says 
Sophomore Laura Rabalais. "I 
guess it's fair, but I don't like it." 
The Millsaps Division of Student 

Life is equally frustrated with the 
additional cost to the students of 
Millsaps. "As an advocate of the 
student point of view at the college, 
I worry about any initiative to raise 
cost. On the surface this seems as 
yet another fee increase for future 
students to absorb. Administrators 
and faculty at Millsaps share a con- 
cern for students and collaborate to 
prevent unnecessary fees," com- 
ments Vice President for Student 
Affairs and Dean of Students Brit 

Millsaps does review its con- 
tracts with food vendors to get the 
best value for students, and as a 
private institution, Millsaps 
remains free of many state restric- 
tions. Efforts to keep costs down 
will not likely extend to giving resi- 
dential students the option of not 
buying a meal plan. Dean Katz 
explains this decision saying that 
dining in the. cafeteria is far too. 
important to the spirit of communi- 
ty among the students. 

Although it is uncertain what the 
final cost of the meal plan will be 
when the tax takes effect, with the 
trend of increasing meal plan costs 
Millsaps students should prepare to 
pay even more for their meal plans 
in the upcoming years. 

Values take from respective 
Millsaps College Catalogs. In 2000- 
2001, dorm and meal fees were 
combined. This value reflects the 
cost of the meal plan for com- 

June 21, 2005 

Student Rules Infraction 

At approximately 11:40 p.m. a patrol officer 
observed a SUV traveling on the west side 
of campus at a high rate of speed. It was 
estimated to be traveling faster than 50 
mph. As the officer was attempting to get 
to the security cart, he observed the same 
car coming from between New South and 
Galloway. The officer stepped out on the 
sidewalk and attempted to stop the vehicle. 
The driver gunned the vehicle and drove 
east over toward the south gate. The gate 
officer reported that the vehicle had driven 
to the front of the fraternity house and 
parked. When the officer asked how much 
he had to drink... he said just the one beer. 
The driver then entered the vehicle and 
backed into the left side of the security cart, 
moving it a foot or two sideways. 

June 25, 2005 

At approximately 1:44 a.m. a patrol officer 
was contacted by a fraternity president 
who told him that a member of another fra- 
ternity had knocked their cannon off of 
their front porch four times in the past 

week. The officer was informed that a wit- 
ness had identified two students push the 
cannon off the porch with two other 
unidentified individuals. The officer then 
went to the other fraternity house and 
talked to an officer. The patrol officer was 
assured that it would not happen again. 


July 16, 2005 

A fraternity member reported at approxi- 
mately 5:40 p.m. that someone had 
dumped what appeared to be white tissue 
paper with human waste near their house. 
On July 18 at approximately 10:00 a.m. 
after reviewing video, a white male was 
observed urinating near the house at 
approximately 5:40 am the same subject 
returned several minutes later at 5:47 a.m. 
and defecated in the same place. 

July 29, 2005 

At approximately 7:30 a.m. a fraternity 
president reported that one of his fraternity 
brothers woke him up at 7:15 a.m. and 
asked him to check the outside west wall of 
their house. When he went outside to 

check he saw white paint on the brick wall 
and on the bushes below. He said that it 
appeared to him that someone had 
splashed paint on the wall. 

August 10, 2005 
Property Damage 

At approximately 1:58 p.m. a member of 
house keeping reported a vehicle had rolled 
down the hill from the Galloway parking lot 
and stopped in from the Goodman hall 
front door. The owner a student stated that 
he had parked his vehicle on the upper 
level parking lot on the east side of 
Galloway Hall. He was carrying some of his 
personal belongings to his room, when he 
looked back and saw his truck rolling back. 
The truck moved across the upper and 
lower Galloway parking lots, jumped off a 
four foot retaining wall, rolled across the 
driveway, and rolled into the flowerbed in 
front of Goodman Hall. The truck struck a 
small tree that broke and stopped approxi- 
mately four feet from the building. The stu- 
dent called friend who drove in behind the 
truck and pushed it out. The only damage 
(a broken taillight) was apparently caused 
when the vehicle was pushed. 

going on? 

Lewis Art Gallery Presents 

"Cosmos Circus" 

By John Siblik: Assistant 

Professor at Upper Iowa 


The show will include 
mixed media on paper, 
including print works abd 
will run from Monday, Aug. 
22 to Thursday, Sept. 22. 
. » "/These --works-<oi> -paper* 
and wood that comprise this 
show Cosmos Circus are 
about relationships; starting 
with the individual and 
moving out in concentric 
rings to the greater commu- 
nity. What greater venue to 
stage this lyrical and whim- 
sical drama than the uni- 
verse?" - Siblik 

Freshman Study Skills 

Next week, workshops 
will continue to be held for 
freshman. The goal is to 
help students create a time 
management schedule. 
Participants will also turn in 
goals and objectives for the 
classroom and their career. 
Contact Dick Highfill for 
more information. 

Enrichment Classes Fall 

Enrichment classes are 
offered for students enjoy- 
ment in the subjects of Arts 
& Crafts, Computers, Health 
& Fitness, Home & Garden, 
Language & Literature, 
Money & Business, and 
Music. Most fall classes 
begin the week of Sept. 19. 

Artists, filmmakers, poets, 
and dance groups needed! 

C&E Productions is in the 
process of starting a new tel- 
evision show in Jackson 
called "Southern Spirit" and 
are looking for artists, film 
makers, poets, dance 
groups, and more. Contact 
Ebony Gee or Cedric Jenkins 
for more information. 



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Yucatan trip proves 
remarkable find 

Jonathan Giurintano 

Staff Writer 

Wading through a sea of 
vegetation encompassing the heart 
of Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, 
Dr. George Bey and students Betsy 
Kohut, Kristin Kinsella, Michael 
Parks, and Brook Evans locate 
what appears to be a large block 
of stone buried near a Mayan 
temple at the site of Huntichmul. 

Upon further investigation, the 
earth surrounding the stone is 
carefully scraped away, revealing 
a "twelve foot tall, perfectly 
preserved sculpture of an ancient 
Mayan Lord with a hieroglyphic 
inscription," recalls Bey. 

Merely one of hundreds of 
adventures students experienced 
during the month-long program, 
the discovery of the sculpture 
highlights Millsaps' involvement 
in the search for and preservation 
of Mayan history. 

Along with the findings at 
Huntichmul, students participated 
in the excavation of a Mayan 
palace group and determined 
the size and shape of a Mayan 
mortuary temple scheduled to be 

excavated next summer. 

Students were given an 
abundance of opportunities 
to perform field-work, as they 
assisted research crews comprised 
of graduate students from 
Vanderbilt, Tulane and Kentucky, 
many of whom received their 
undergraduate education from 

Centered around the four 
thousand acre bio-cultural 
reserve in Kiuic, a Millsaps- 
supported creation by Mexico's 
National Institute of Archaeology 
and History, the summer 
abroad program is intended 
to "train students to become 
environmentally and historically 
conscious citizens equipped to 
deal with the complex nature 
of human-land use history and 
environmental issues of the 
twenty-first century," Bey states 
on his webpage. 

However, the Kiuic 
Archaeological Project's 
educational design reaches far 
beyond the area of field-work, as 
Dr. Bey explains, "You're not just 
going down there and studying; 
you're learning how to live and 

do work with people from another 
culture. Everything we do is in 
conjunction with Mexico." 

Established in 2001 , the reserve 
is home to the oldest known 
settlement in the Puuc region of 
the Yucatan peninsula; Kiuic was 
home to nearly eight-thousand 
Mayans from the years of 400 B.C. 
to 1000 A.D. 

This summer marked the 
completion of the first phase in 
the construction of a research 
and learning center located in the 
jungle, outfitted with dormitories, 
classrooms and other educational 
amenities. "We're the only college 
in the country with something 
like this," emphasized Bey. 

Designed to provide students 
with optimal research facilities 
while preserving the surrounding 
environment, the center is to be 
powered by solar panels and will 
manage its own water system. 

"My dream is that if you 
worked there, twenty years from 
now your child could work 
here," explained Bey, hopeful that 
Millsaps students will return to 
Kiuic for many years to come. 

Yucatan (photo courtesy of Dr. George Bey) 

live, work, 
grow in 
Costa Rica 


Every year, Dr. Kahn leads a class of students to Costa 
Rica in order to immerse them in Spanish culture and to 
take classes from a local institution. Over the course of 
this month-long trip, students travel around the country 
and see the natural treasures of the Latin American na- 

This year, for the first time, a service learning aspect 
was added to the curriculum of the excursion as part of 
the Millsaps Faith and Work Initiative. Included in this 
program are visits to an orphanage for abandoned or 
abused children and a home for the elderly. The follow- 
ing is a narrative account of the journey. 

Kyle Doherty 

Features Editor 

We arrived in San Jose at about 
S o'clock on a balmy Costa Rican 
Wednesday night, excited and a bit 
nervous. I had spent the last few 
weeks and much of the six-hour 
plane ride imagining possible 
scenarios that could arise during 
our month-long stay in Costa 
Rica. I considered how I would 
ict, what I would do and, most 
importantly, what I would say. 
[f, say, I were in the jungle and a 
monkey made off with my' wallet, 
I'd be prepared to explain the 
situation ("jEl mono me rob6!"). 
Far more so than monkeys, 
tiowever, I was nervous about 
the orphanage and the retirement 
tome we'd eventually be visiting 
is well as the host family I'd be 
iving with. 

By the time I arrived at the 
home of my keepers, all but the 
mother were asleep. She greeted 
me and introduced herself politely, 
and I quickly told her how much I 
appreciated their housing me and 
how much I looked forward to it. 
I have a nagging fear that I ended 
up saying something ridiculous 
by accident, but I'm sure she 
got my meaning. My name was 
difficult for them to pronounce, 
so I became the third Carlos of 
the family. 

To my later regret, I occasionally 
pretended like I understood what 
was said to me when I actually 
understood it only partially or not 
at all. The most unfortunate of 
these occasions was with regard 
to the working of the shower, 
which I dubbed the Shower of 
Mystery. The mystery lay in its 
method for making hot water. 
Most Costa Rican showers use 
an electric heater attached to the 
nozzle. It's slightly inefficient, but 
effective for someone accustomed 
to its use. To the confused gringo, 
however, it's a baffling concept (it 
involved the throwing of a lever, 
and then the gradual release 
of the water). Unfortunately, 
after this discovery, it became 
the Shower of Peril. The electric 
heating device had an irritating 
tendency to make anything 
metal (including the faucet) give 
a slight, but surprising, shock 
whenever it was touched. 

After my dangerous shower, 
I was off to our first visit to the 
children's home, Hogar de Maria. 
I hadn't had much experience 
with disadvantaged children, 
much less disadvantaged Hispanic 
children, so I didn't have much 
idea of what to expect out of 
them. (Would they all sing like in 
Oliver Twist? Would I be expected 
to sing, too?) 

I quickly found them all to be 

energetic, playful little kids much 
like the variety I was familiar with 
back in North America. Rather 
than the grueling labor and child- 
minding I had feared, I found 
myself having fun with them. We 
painted the solar system together, 
we played soccer and we made 
things out of Play-Doh. I even 
read a little illustrated biography 
of Tomas Edison to them that I 
had picked up at a local grocery 
store, but I think they might have 
preferred the soccer. The most 
satisfying part of the visit was 
when; 'dfc'w-e- left, they all fotfoweti^ ' 
us and asked a hundred times 
when we'd be back. The rascals 
liked us! 

A couple of days passed, and 
the time had come for us to visit 
the other end of the spectrum: 
a home for the elderly. Some 
experience with the American 
elderly had given me an idea of 
what to expect, and for the most 
part, my expectations were met. 
We were all regaled with stories 
of varying levels of interest and 
many Bingo games. Although 
this home lacked the energy of 
the children's home, there were 
more opportunities to practice 
our Spanish. The senior citizens 
were kind and spoke very slowly, 
giving us an opportunity to work 
on comprehension while they 
got a chance to tell their favorite 
stories. The Bingo games allowed 
us some real-world application 
of Spanish numbers (it got a bit 

After weeks of these sorts of 
adventures in and around San 
Jose, the Bingo numbers came 
easily, the children learned a bit 
of astronomy through crafts and 
even the shower presented me 
with no more surprises. Costa Rica 
became a comfortable, tropical 
home away from home. So much 
so, that I felt pretty sad when it 
came time to say goodbye to my 
interim family. While I don't miss - - 
the shower so much, I now think 
back on my experiences and 
acquaintances in Costa Rica very 

The whole adventure gave me 
a certain sense of community in 
the world. With the language 
barrier steadily disappearing, it 
became easier for me to see that 
people are essentially the same 
there as in the United States. Little 
kids are energetic little monsters, 
the elderly enjoy telling stories, 
and everyone in between likes to 
talk about the president (or prime 
minister, king, sultan, or what 
have you) . The world isn't such a 
scary place when you realize that 
the great number of foreigners 
who inhabit it might think and 
act just like us. 


Two Millsaps students find 
adventure, danger in South Africa 

Jacob C. White 

Staff Writer 

One of Millsaps' most 
interesting new mission trips 
this summer involved the often 
misunderstood Republic of South 
Africa. Seniors Katie Beth Miksa 
and Kristen Keating participated 
in this trip for a month during the 
summer, using the support of the 
McNair fund. 

The trip, which was coordinated 
through former Millsaps chaplain 
Don Fortenberry and Rev. Ross 
Olivier of Galloway United 
Methodist Church, involved 
mission work in a myriad of 
different South African towns 
including Pretoria, Johannesburg 
and Jef feries Bay. One focus of this 
trip was to engulf the participants 
in varying social and economic 

During their time spent in South 
Africa, Miksa and Keating were 
involved in HIV/ AIDS counseling 
in empoverished areas. 

They also participated in 
ethics courses and discussions. 
These involved issues such as 
homosexuality and its relation 
to government and religion. No 
topic was taboo. "They were very 
respectful of each other when 
they spoke," Miksa recounts, 
"but there were concerns about 
how homosexuality affected their 
tribal culture." 

At times, the trip became 
perilous. At one point, the vehicle 
Keating and Miksa were travelling 
in broke down and they were left 
stranded T in„ dangerous, j^rr^pry.. 
The ^breakdown, which occurred 
about an hour and a half from 
their destination, caused the lady 

with whom they were riding to 

She immediately locked all 
of the doors in the car due to 
the danger presented by the 
"bushmen," who are known for 
assaulting stranded travelers in 
many parts of South Africa. 

"I wasn't really afraid," Keating 
recalls, "but if it were later at 
night I probably would've been 
scared - you really have to watch 
yourself in South Africa because 
of the prevalence of rape and, 
obviously, AIDS." 

Their driver then forced the 
girls out of the car and told them 
to push it out of the road because 
of the many large trucks that were 
driving by them. 

They remained stranded for 
four hours before the woman's 
husband finally arrived because 
she had failed to tell him that she 
was transporting the girls. When 
he did arrive to tow them back to 
town, he used hay-bailing twine, 
which frequently broke. 

The culture of South Africa 
also presents many interesting 
facets. There are eleven languages 
recognized in South Africa. Also, 
most people who live there 
are at least bilingual. Among 
these languages the three most 
commonly spoken are English, 
Afrikaan, and Xhosa (pronounced 

The people of South Africa 
also eat mostly meat and "pop," 
which is similar to grits. Their 
drink of choice is "Roobois," 
which is a dark English tea. This 
, tr is no doubt^qwe4,to. the large 
-European influence still present 
in the region. 

Keating remarks that despite 

| South Africa (photocourtesy of Katie Beth Miksa) 

the fact that Apartheid ended only 
a decade ago, the racial tension 
in South Africa may actually be 
less than it is in many parts of the 

U.S.„ j 

I South, Africa . , has its 
misconceptions about the U.S. as 
well. Miksa comments, "People in 
S o uth Africa were o ften s hocked 

to find out that some Americans 
face poverty issues because all 
they see is wealth and success." 

The trip to South Africa not 
only , helped ^M&sa , and . Keating 
to spend time , doing missionary 
work, but it also may allow for the 
prospect of future opportunities in 
S outh Africa . This wa s h o pefully 

the first of many mission trips that 
will utilize the connections made 
with interconnected Methodist 
churches in South Africa. 


Getting oriented with Brad Yakots 

Catherine Schmidt 

Staff Writer 

This summer, a group of 
Millsaps students travelled to 
China under the supervision 
of sociology professor Dr. Ming 
Tsui. While there, they studied 
the unique social and economic 
structure of the People's Republic 
of China. One of these students, 
junior Brad Yakots, sat down with 
the P&W and answered questions 
about their voyage 

Q: What first interested you in 
traveling to China? 

A: Since growing up, I've 
always wanted to go to the 
Orient, but I've always wanted to 
go with someone who was from 
there. Since I was taking a lot of 
sociology classes to get my minor, 
[sociology professor Dr. Tsui] 
Ming told me she was putting 
together a group. I talked to the 
people who went last year, and 
they said they had a blast, so I 
decided to go. And I'm obsessed 
with Asian culture and music and 

Q: What was your favorite 
spot to visit? 

A: Probably Ming's tea farm 
where she used to work. It was 
in the middle of the country away 
from everything, so it took us 
about an hour and a half to get 
out there. It was raining at the 
time, but it was just so beautiful— 
the mountains and then Ming 
telling us stories. It looked like it 
was almost from a calendar, you 
know? It was awesome. Where 
she actually lived had terrible 
accommodations, but once you 
got into the actual tea fields, it 
was just beautiful, absolutely 

Q: What most surprised you 
on your trip? 

A: I think the amount of people. 
Everybody knows that China is a 
big country, no doubt about it, but 
what's funny is the main streets 
have cars, and it's like a busy New 
York street. When you look down 
the side streets where cars aren't 
allowed to go, it would just be 
filled with people. These are big 
streets, not little pathways; these 
were major thoroughfares. It was 
just insane to be on the bus and 
listening to my music and seeing 
the people interacting, especially 
in bigger cities like Beijing and 
Shanghai. ...Some of my best 
memories are just of sitting on the 
bus and listening to my Ipod and 
just watching, you know... seeing 
the sights and sounds. 

Q: What was the biggest 
visible difference between the 
United States and China? 

A: The society— the way 
they act, the way that they're 
controlled. I mean, it's not an 
open society. I know that's very 
broad, but that's the bulk of it. 
...It's definitely a police state. We 
were there during the anniversary 
of Tiananmen Square, and you 
couldn't say anything about it. 

Q: What were some of the 
visible positive or negative 
impacts of economic reform on 

A: It seems like the State, the 
head government, was putting a 
lot of money into infrastructure, 
building bridges. It seemed that 
they were not putting a lot of 
money into welfare programs- 
education, health care services. 
That was very apparent. We had a 
girl who got food poisoning over 

China (photo courtesy of Lacey McMillin)~| 

there for about three or four days, 
and she's fine now, but Ming took 
her to the American embassy 
first; Ming didn't take her to the 
hospital. I think the American 
embassy doctor or nurse on call 

told her where to go. But that's a 
big difference, the type of services 
that they offer. 

Q: What would you say to 
someone who is considering 

going on this trip? 

A: I would tell them that they 
need to go. People say 'I went to 
Italy this summer' or 'I went to 
England'... How many people 
can say 'I went to China'? 

— ■ I PAGE 6 » THURSDAY • August 25. 2005 • THE P&W I— - = - g== - == ^^ 

The Life 

of the 

Chelsi West 

Life Editor 

Outrageous! Unbelievable! 
Ridiculous! All of these words 
describe one thing: the heat! 
Yes ladies and gentlemen, the 
heat has taken over and doesn't 
look like it's getting any cooler 
in the near future. As a matter of 
fact, I'd say it's getting hotter. 

During the process of move-in 
day, all I could do is dream of 
cooler temperatures and a cold 
shower. There were not enough 
Dasani or Gatorade to begin 
to quench my thirst. Even the 
water guns, ice and cold towels 
weren't cutting it- the heat was 
a ferocious beast and it's still 
on the prowl. I just kept telling 
myself that carrying boxes up 
and down stairs in would be 
a great workout. Those who 
weren't helping were cheering 
us on, explaining how much 
better our thighs would look 
once the day was over, Yet none 
of those comments helped us to 
bear the heat any easier. 

The seconds ticked slowly, 
one by one. By the time we 
were done, all I could do was 

Each summer I wish for cooler 
temperatures. Obviously it's 
going to be hot because we live 
in Mississippi, but come on, 
heat indexes of 105 degrees and 
higher? Well that is bizarre! 

It seems as though the activities 
I used to do to stay cool aren't 
as productive as they used to 
be. I've tried eating ice cream, 
staying near fans and much 
more. The only solution I guess 
would be to start living in a 

What's worse is that not only 
is it hot, but also humid. So 
there goes any chance of a cute 
hairstyle along with any chance 
of attracting a guy. What guy 
wants to holla at a girl who's 
sweaty with a hair? 

I wish I could say that things 
are getting better as we approach 
fall, but sadly that's just not the 
case. Many of us are breaking 
sweats just walking from one 
side of campus to the other. 
I guess that means that there 
will be more students parking 
under the AC this year than any 

The only solution seems to be 
sitting around and waiting for 
late September and October, 
months that are cooler. 
Eventually things will cool 
down and the temperatures 
outside will be more bearable. 
But oh just wait, once December 
hits, we'll be complaining about 
how cold it is. I think, however, 
that colder weather is always 
better because you can always 
add layers of clothes- with the 
heat, there's only so much you 
can take off. 

Facebook pandemonium pokes Millsaps 

Rob Stephens 

Staff Writer 

College students have yet 
another way to become addicted 
to the Internet - Facebook! 

Started in February of 2004 
by Harvard student Mark 
Zuckerberg, Facebook is an 
online directory that connects 
people through social network 
and schools. 

Facebook is a resourceful 
means of communicating because 
it encourages people to find out 
more about students at their 

In an interview with "Current" 
magazine, Zuckerberg asserts 
that Facebook "can ... reinforce 
preexisting communities." 

The phenomenon is attracting 
not only students but also alumni, 
staff- such as Georgianna Martin- 
and even some faculty including 
Drs. James Bowley and Mark 

Alumna Daria Lorio uses 
Facebook to keep up with her 
friends from high school and 
Millsaps. "When I feel like 
stalking people," she jokes. 
"It's very easy to find them on 
Facebook. But seriously, I have 
been able to find people that 
normally it would be much 
harder to find and reunite with 
them." This is a more obvious 
use of the Facebook. However, 
its implications go beyond better 

Graphic by Jason Jarin 

Facebook frenzy: Thejacebook.cqm allows students from across 
the nation to connect and communicate in a way hip enough for 
trendsetters and simple enough for the 


Because of Facebook, Greek life 
will have more than just email 
to check while moseying on the 
Internet. The "groups" feature 
of Facebook allows fraternities 
and sororities to link all of their 
members. They can also list 

group offices. This can give the 
Millsaps community an overview 
of each chapter on campus. 

Aside from just showcasing 
members online, however, 
chapters will also use Facebook 
for recruitment. A visit to the 
site's homepage exhibits the rapid 

increase in Millsaps membership. 
Incoming freshman are quickly 
signing up for Facebook; 
therefore, they are also putting 
information about themselves on 

Gamma Chi Kelly Rasmus 
thinks it will definitely be used 
to find more information about 
potential new members. "I 
think that it could be really good 
because recruitment is such a 
small amount of time- it will 
offer a way to learn a little bit 
more about potential members," 
she says. 

Rasmus said, "Facebook will 
prevent sororities from having 
to base a bid off of things people 
have heard." 

But what of those who do not 
wish to join Facebook? Senior 
Jonathon Spencer refuses to 
become a member. "Facebook is 
a tool of the government to find 
out which people one currently 
associates with. It was set up 
by the Republican regime under 
the Bush administration ... to 
covertly spy on government 
centers, he asserts." 

Spencer says that he believes 
Facebook and similar sites are an 
indirect result of the Patriot Act. 
"Yes, I am nagged all the time to 
join ... so that [my friends] will 
have more friends [on facebook] 
... I don't want to be just a 
statistic for somebody," he says. 
"However, I'm really just trying 
to keep people safe." 

Campus job search made easier for students 

Ace Madjlesi 

Staff Writer 

Freshman Vanessa Johnson, 
wants a campus job to make 
money and help her mom pay 
for school. Johnson feels that the 
career center's new updates make 
Millsaps more unique. "I told my 
friends that our school is so much 
cooler than all the others because 
they find the jobs and then put 
them right there for us." 

The Career Center, located on 
the third floor of the Student 
Life department has institued 
a new, high-tech job search 
method. All jobs that would be 
available through the career 
center will now be available 
online at www.collegecentral. 

The Web site is accessible to 
all Millsaps student and alumni. 
The career center will also have 
information tables about the new 
website outside the Caf from 
11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. every 
Tuesday and Thursday for the 
first two weeks of school. 

Vickey McDonald, Student 
Employment Coordinator here 
at Millsaps, tbelieves he best 
way to obtain a job quickly and 
easily is to first fill out a student 
employment application. These 
can be found at the information 
tables in the career center or 
downloaded off the College 
Central website. The application 

is very short and should be 
turned into the career center 
when completed. 

Next register with College 
Central. On the homepage, select 
the appropriate link- student, 
alumni or teacher- and then 

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answer a few questions, such 
as where they want to work and 
what kind of job you seek. 

Students can then begin the 
actual job search. Those who 
qualify for federal Work Study, 
should include that information 
in their job search criteria. 

A list of jobs meeting the search 
criteria will appear, each one 
headed by a number. You can list 
up to seven job numbers that you 
would like to apply for. 

Many jobs require a resume be 
submitted before you can apply 
for that job. Fortunately, students 
can upload their resumes from 
the College Central website. 
Once a student has submitted a 
resume, it is the responsibility of 
the department or employer to 
contact the student. 

"Students seeking a job should 
check their email every day for 
the first month of school, since 
e-mail is the primary contact 
method of many employers," 
McDonald advises. 

While the career center is 
available to all students, only 
those who qualify for federal 
Work Study programs will be able 
to work at a community service 
agency. The current agencies 




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Help wanted: The classifieds become a thing of the past as the Career 
Center introduces the College Central website to students, providing 
them with a continuous listing of jobs available around Jackson. 

that Millsaps College works 
with are Operation Shoestring, 
Stewpot Ministries and Methodist 
Rehabilitation Center. "These 
positions pay $7.50 an hour 
and are great resume builders," 
McDonald says. All of these 
agencies are within a three mile 
radius of Millsaps." Since on 
campus jobs are scarce and thend 
to be filled quickly, working off- 

campus could be to a student's 

McDonald encourages all 
students to familiarize themselves 
with the College Central website. 
"The primary focus of the 
Student Employment program is 
the students! So, our first goal 
this semester will be to assist 
those who have not yet secured 


•Mississippi History A to Z 
at the Old Capitol Museum 

•Jazz, Art and Friends at the 
Mississippi Museum of Art 

•Eric Stracener CD release at 

Hal & Mai's 



•Smith-Wills Stadium: The 
One Church Revival Tour 

•Spoken Word/Open Mic at 

•Hypnotic Chickens & Jeff 

Lewis at WC Don's 
•Lil Dave Thompson & Band 

at 930 Blues Cafe 


•Jackson Zoo Animal 

Enrichment Day 
•Full Moon Circus at 



•Moonlight Towers and My 
New Headache Machine at 
WC Don's 
•Barry Leach and Steve 
Chester at Hal & Mai's 

•Karoke at Fenian's 
•Acoustic Open Mic at 
Mellow Mushroom 


•Pub Quiz at Hal & Mai's 
•Dance Party at Mardi Gras 


Sept. 1 

•Sergio Fernandez at the 

Edison Walthall 
•High Frequency at Last Call 
•Lyric Lounge Open Mic 
Poetry at Santiago's 

PAGE 7 • THURSDAY ♦ August 25. 2005 'THE P&W L 

The Life 

Question and Answer: Lisa Garvin 

Jacob C. White 

Staff Writer 

P&W: What is your favorite 

Lisa: Pasta 

P&W: What is your favorite 
Lisa: Amerigo 

P&W: Do you prefer summer 
or winter? 

Lisa: Summer without a 

P&W: What are your hobbies? 

Lisa: I jog, read, and travel 

P&W: What do you like to do 
for community service? 

Lisa: This thing through my 
church, Alta Woods United 
Methodist Church, called Gravy 
and Grace for homeless people 
who live in Battlefield Park and 
under the 1-20 bridge. 

P&W: What is your favorite 

Lisa: I like kind of folksy music. 
Right now I have the Indigo Girls 
and Sugar Land in my cd case. 
I also like music by people I 
already know. 

P&W: What is your favorite 

Lisa: "Grease" 

P&W: What led you to work in 
the ministry? 

Lisa: This is work that gives me 
energy and I feel is life-giving. I 
guess my own experiences in the 
church and wanting to be a part 
of something like that for other 

P&W: What was your major at 

Lisa: European Studies. My 
focus was in history and political 
science. My class was the first to 
have that major. 
P&W: What organizations were 
you involved were you involved 
in at Millsaps? 

Lisa: I was on the Campus 
Ministry Team, a student body 
senator and officer, in a sorority, 
on the soccer team for a year, 
Sigma Lambda, and the Order of 

P&W: What book are you 
reading right now? 

Lisa: I'm reading "Blood Done 
Sign My Name" by Timothy 
Tyson. It is about the Civil Rights 
movement in North Carolina. 

P&W: What brought back to 
work at your alma mater? 

Lisa: I do have a sense of calling 
to ministry on a United Methodist 
campus and I wanted to stay in 
Mississippi. Also, I had a large 
sense of appreciation for Millsaps 
and when the job became 
available I wanted to throw my 
name in the hat. 

P&W: What new things would 
you like to see happen on 
Millsaps campus? 

Lisa: I can't think of any big 
thing that would be new because 
Don Fortenberry did so much. 
However, I would like for worship 
to be a more central part of the 
life of this community. If there is 
anything I would do it would be 
to find new and creative ways to 

P&W: How has Millsaps 
changed since you were a 

Lisa: I really think that the 
students are smarter. The Student 
Center and the HAC have been 
completely redone. We didn't 
have a real exercise area when I 
was here. There are also a lot of 
new faculty members. 

Photo by Jason Jarin 

Reverend Lisa Garvin returns to the Millsaps community as 
the newly appointed chaplain of the college. 

Students recieve fellowships from The Fund for Theological Education 

Chelsi West 

Life Editor 

Photo by Sarah Bounds 
Seniors Drew Harmon and Andrea Dewey were recently 
named fellows by the Fund for Theological Education (PTE), 
an award given annually to undergraduates interested in 
ministry as a vocation. 

Students can get so caught up 
in college life that they'll forget 
about future career decisions. 

Millsaps College seniors 
Andrea Dewey and Drew Harmon 
have already made decision. 
While neither has decided the 
career tract, both are set to study 

Because of their interest 
and achievements in this 
area, both students have been 
named fellows by the Fund for 
Theological Education (FTE). 
Awarded annually as part of 
FTE's Partnership for Excellence 
initiative, the award is designed 
to increase the number of talented 
young people exploring ministry 
as a vocation. 

In order to receive the 
fellowships, students must be 
interested in some sort of post- 
graduate study in theology. If 
their application is accepted, 
students must attend a summer 
conference intended to give more 

Dewey, a religious studies 
major, was interested in the 
fellowship for both the scholarship 
and resources. "Millsaps has had 
a couple of people to do it in the 
past, so I just kind of applied for 
it. The program is very broad- 
they feel it's very important to 
have knowledge." 

"The more confused 
you are, the better. 
They have so much 

-Andrea Dewey- 

In a news release by FTE, 
Melissa Wiginton, FTE director 
of Ministry Programs and the 
Partnership for Excellence, said 
"We know that congregations 
nationwide have increasing needs 
for exceptional leaders, and many 
denominations face a potential 
shortage of young ordained 
clergy. These fellowships, as part 
of our efforts to address that need, 
are designed to give gifted young 
people an opportunity to consider 
ministry as their life's work." 

Harmon plans to go to 
seminary after Millsaps, but 
plans to use the fellowship to 
pay for the remaining year of 
his undergraduate education. He 
explained that he's interested in 
theology because it's challenging. 
"I guess certain concepts appear 
in every day life, and it makes me 
look at the world in a new way, a 
more spiritual way." 

Because of the national shortage 
of .clergy, and, th*, need for, high;,., 
quality candidates, FTE uses the 
fellowship and other programs to 
encourage students to participate 
in various fields of theology and 
ministry. The fund also strives 
to increase racial diversity in 
theological seminaries. 

FTE is also a resource 
for educational and faith 
communities, offering programs 
that encourage candidates to 
explore vocations in ministry and 
teaching. Since 1954, the Atlanta- 
based organization has awarded 
more than 5,600 fellowships in 
partnership with others committed 
to the future of quality leadership 
for the church. 

What Do You Think: The Best Places in Jackson? 

ura Rabalais 

Best Cheap Place to Eat: 

Best Wok 
Best Expensive Place to Eat: 

Best Place to Shop: 

Dogwood Shopping Center 
Best Bar: 

Best Club: 

The Joint 
Best Place to Hang Out: 

My Room 
Best Burger: 

Backyard Burger 
Worst Place to Drive: 

Anywhere on Lakeland 
Best Place Ice Cream: 

Baskin Robbins 

Amber Smith 

Best cheap place to eat: 

Churches Chicken 
Best Expensive Place to Eat: 

The University Club 
Best Place to Shop: 

The Limited 
Best Bar: 

I don't go 
Best Club: 

Don't go 
Best Place to Hang Out: 

Best Burger: 

Stamp's Burgers 
Worst Place to Drive: 

County Line Rd. 
Best Place Ice Cream: 

Baskin Robbins 

Ani Pareek 

Best Cheap Place to Eat: 

Taco Bell 
Best Expensive Place To Eat: 

Olive Garden 
Best Place to Shop: 



I don't go 
Best Club: 

Don't go 
Best Place to Hang Out: 

Best Burger: 


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County Line Rd. 

Best Place Ice Cream: 
Marble Slab 

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PAGE 8 'THURSDAY, August 25,2005 'THE P&W 




Whafs all 
the racket 

Russell Turley 


On the brink of the college 
football season and before the 
pennant races of Sept. baseball 
heat up, there is a lull surround- 
ing professional sports and those 
who watch them. Yes, there is 
baseball on television nightly, 
but the excitement for the aver- 
age sports fan does not arise 
until there is something on the 
line. A remedy for this predica- 
ment that most Americans do 
not observe is the U.S. Open. 
This action packed tournament 
marks the culmination of the 
grand slam seasons for both the 
male and female professional 
tennis tours. 

For two exhilarating weeks, 
these well-conditioned athletes 
grit their teeth and attempt to 
get through 127 other competi- 
tors to achieve a championship. 
Some are trying to live up to 
expectations, some are trying to 
quiet their critics, and others are 
qualifiers just trying to make a 
name for themselves. No matter 
what means are used, all com- 
batants are trying to reach the 
same end, a coveted grand slam 

On the men's side, the Swiss 
assassin, and world's number 
one player Roger Federer is the 
favorite, as he has been for every 
tournament he has played in this 
year. Challengers include: the 
spunky eighteen-year-old, capri- 
pant donning Spaniard Rafael 
Nadal, the American serve 
machine Andy Roddick, 
Australian fireplug Lleyton 
Hewitt, and the old dog, another 
American, sentimental favorite 
Andre Agassi. 

The women's side is wide 
open. American women flood 
the field including: the incom- 
parable Williams sisters and 
world's number one Lindsay 
Davenport. Crowd favorite, and 
paparazzi favorite Maria 
Sharapova will send Shockwaves 
through the women's draw with 
her huge ground strokes and 
strident grunts. Finally, two 
Belgian women: Justine Henin- 
Hardenne and Kim Clijsters will 
try to make it difficult for an 
American to take the title. 

On Aug. 29™ put all your pre- 
vious feelings (if they are nega- 
tive) about the game of tennis 
aside. For two weeks the field of 
players will dwindle, but the 
passion and tenacity will not. 
The U.S. Open promises to 
showcase intense action from 
round one to the final. So during 
the sixth inning of a 9-1 Chicago 
White Sox-Kansas City Royals 
game, flip over to the USA net- 
work and check out the action. 

Meet Your Majors 
Saturday, Aug. 27 
Football - 10 AM 
Men's Soccer - 6 PM 
Harper Davis Field 

"The guys really 
worked hard this week, 
and we're looking for- 
ward to seeing what we 
can do in our first game 
at Rhodes." 

- Coach Lee Johnson, 
Men's Soccer 

The Millsaps Men's Soccer 
team began practicing this 
past week in preparation for 
their 2005 season. Bringing 
back a group of experienced 
players from their 2004 cam- 
paign, the Majors hope to 
improve on last year's 4-13-1 
record, beginning with their 
game at Rhodes against 
Washington University on 
September 3. 

Plan to improve athletics facilities continues this year 

Eric Sumrall 

Staff Writer 

A number of the renovations for 
Millsaps athletics facilities have 
been proposed or are in progress to 
accompany the new turf on Harper 
Davis Field placed last year. New 
bleachers on the west side of Harper 
Davis Field have added 800 new 
seats and increased capacity to 
5,000. These bleachers will be the 
home stands for Majors fans since 
the west side of the field is consid- 
ered to be the home side for the 
Millsaps Majors football team. 

For this season, the area behind 
the north end zone will become a 
family fun zone complete with tail- 
gating and inflatable games. The 
area behind the south end zone will 
continue to be the tailgating area for 
students and Greek organizations. 
Ongoing improvements are also 
being made to the field house 
behind the press box including the 
capacity to accommodate 100 play- 
ers and a training room. 

Upperclassmen will remember 
the lights that were added to the 
Millsaps baseball field last season. 
The next improvement proposed for 

Millsaps College to bid to host a 
regional postseason tournament. " 

The ability to play tournament 
games at home gives the team a dis- 

the baseball field is dugout to 
dugout seating for increased capaci- 
ty. Brian Emory, Director of Sports 
Information and the M-Club, says, 
"Increased seating could allow 

tinct advantage over its opponents. 
This would prohibit the Millsaps 
Majors baseball team from being 
required to travel to the NCAA 
Regional Tournament, as they were 

this past year. After a sixteen hour 
bus ride this past season, the Majors 
lost two in a row and were eliminat- 
ed from the tournament. An athletic 
advantage is not the only thing that 
can be gained by hosting regional 
tournaments. Revenue for Millsaps 
College can be increased through 
hosting regional tournaments and 
local events such as high school 
football and soccer games. 

Improvements are also being pro- 
posed for the tennis courts and soft- 
ball field. Under these proposals, a 
paved parking lot will be added 
along with lights for each area and 
a concessions building with rest- 
rooms. Athletic Director Ron Jurney 
says, "This demonstrates the col- 
lege's commitment to varsity and 
intramural athletics. " 

All improvements are being paid 
for through sources outside the col- 
lege, sources such as private 
donors, alumni, and fundraisers. All 
improvements made to the football 
field are being funded by Harper 
Davis' former players. 

New coaches seek success in campus athletics 

John Kellogg 

Staff Writer 


On April 22, Millsaps announced 
Mike Dubose as defensive coordi- 
nator of the Majors football team. 
Dubose has coached professionally 
in Tampa Bay, been awarded 
Southeastern Conference Coach of 
the Year in 1999, acquired a BCS 
Orange Bowl appearance in 2000 
and sent five first round picks to the 
NFL draft. He also owns two 
Division I national championships 
at Alabama, one as a player under 
the legendary Bear Bryant, the 
other as an assistant coach in 1992. 

"I'm excited to be here," says 
Dubose. "There is a real sincerity 
about Coach Saunders and this pro- 
gram. The talent is good, and the 
players are motivated. They have a 
real desire to succeed." 

Ending last season in fourth 
place with a record of 4 - 5, Coach 
Dubose hopes his contributions can 
help the Majors triumph in the 
coming season. 

"He has a respected reputation 
for being a great teacher in the 
game of football. " Millsaps Athletic 
Director Ron Jurney expresses. 
"The players have responded well 
to him, and they have been remark- 

ably attentive. His presence brings 
credibility, and we are fortunate to 
have him as an addition to our 
coaching staff" 

Under the leadership of Dubose 
the University of Alabama was an 
SEC powerhouse, infamous for its 
defensive. Serving as defensive line 
coach during the 1992 National 
Championship season, Dubose 
helped command a defense that 
allowed a stingy NCAA leading 55 
rushing yards a game. He is inherit- 
ing a Millsaps defense ranked sec- 
ond in the SCAC last season, having 
allowed 325 total yards a game. 

"Players win games, and my 
philosophy relies on football 
players making plays," says 
Dubose. "We will be multiple in 
alignments, but simple in tech- 
niques. The system will depend 
on the best 11 players, whether 
we are set up in a 4-3 or 3-4". 

"I want to help every player be 
the very best that they can be. We 
won't be successful if we lead the 
conference in defense but are not 
winning games"." 

Joining Dubose as new additions 
to the Majors football team are Jack 
Wright as offensive line coach, and 
Marcus Woods as defensive back 

Cross Country 

An inspiring yet modest man, 
former Jackson State cross country 
and track standout David Rop has 
accepted the coaching position for 
the Millsaps men's and women's 
cross country teams. A native of 
Kenya, Coach Rop placed fourth in 
his heat in the 1996 Olympic Trials, 
narrowly missing out on the Atlanta 
games. Arriving in America in 
1996, Rop slashed collegiate 
records while on athletic scholar- 
ship at Jackson State University. 

His running honors include qual- 
ifying for the Division I Cross 
Country Nationals from 1997-1999, 
the indoor and outdoor 800-meter 
in 2000, and being awarded 
Southwestern Athletic Conference 
Indoor and Outdoor Cross Country 
MVP from 1996-1999. 

"I want to give the runners a 
good workout," says Rop, "and my 
aim is to help them improve by fifty 
percent. Millsaps will be a name 
that other schools think about 
when they think cross country." 

Coach Rop has his master's 
degree in mathematics from 
Jackson State, where he is also a 
professor of mathematics. As a col- 
legiate runner, Rop turned around 
Jackson State's program from last 
place into first. They have yet to 
slip out of first since. 

Says Rop regarding his coaching 
philosophy, "The students should 
love the sport, and once they begin 
to really love it, it will not be diffi- 
cult to succeed." 

Coach Rop's top times include a 
course record 23:29 in the five-mile 
at LSU in 1997, 29:22 in the 6.2- 
mile at the University of Alabama 
in 1999, 1:47 in the 800-meter at 
the University of Mississippi in 
2000, and 3:41 in the 1500 meter at 
Jackson State in 2000. 


Matthew Linebarger, a former 
graduate assistant in the volley- 
ball programs of Florida State and 
the University of Louisiana- 
Monroe, will take the reigns of 
the women's Volleyball team this 
season. He is replacing Jaime 
Burns who led the Majors to fifth 
place last season in the SCAC, 
while also being named runner- 
up for SCAC Coach of the Year. 

Coach Linebarger will also inher- 
it the position of head strength and 
conditioning coach for all seven of 
the Majors women's athletic teams. 

Due to budget constraints, the 
job of head coach of the volleyball 
team could only be offered part 
time last season. It is again a full- 
time position. 

Wetzel returns for 2005 season and degree 

Jonathan Giurintano 

Staff Writer [ 

For each little boy who once dili- 
gently wore in the tough leather of 
a Louisville-Slugger baseball mitt or 
spent hours perfecting the curve on 
his baseball cap, the dream of 
becoming a professional baseball 
player fails to fade with age. For 
Millsaps shortstop Garner Wetzel, 
the dream nearly became a reality, 
as the Colorado Rockies chose 

Wetzel as the 297 th pick in the 
tenth round of the MLB draft. 

However, the moment was bitter- 
sweet, as Wetzel was soon forced to 

decide between finishing his col- 
lege career or realizing his dream 
and playing professional baseball. 
"It was the toughest decision of my 
life," Wetzel remarks. Wetzel has 
made this decision, and much to 
the excitement of the Millsaps com- 
munity, the 2005 SCAC Player of 
the Year will be returning to com- 
plete his college career. "I'm com- 
ing back to school to not leave my 
teammates, to finish my [business] 
degree, and to play for a national 
championship," explains Wetzel. 

While he is not guaranteed a 
place in the 2006 draft, Wetzel 
plans to receive his degree in busi- 

ness administration and join his 
father in practicing law. "It's neat 
that a kid can come to Millsaps and 
get a great degree, put school first, 
and also follow his dreams," 
remarks Coach Jim Page. 

However, before Wetzel steps 
onto the turf at Twenty Field, he 
must return to full health. After dis- 
covering a torn ulnar collateral liga- 
ment in his right elbow, Wetzel 
underwent Tommy John surgery, an 
operation which has become 
increasingly prevalent in college 
and professional baseball. 
However, Wetzel fully expects his 
batting prowess to continue in the 

spring, as he asserts "the doctor 
says I will be one hundred percent 
for the season. " 

Wetzel joins Kirk Kinnard, Pete 
Austin, and Greg Raffo as the fourth 
player drafted under the leadership 
of 2005 SCAC Coach of the Year, 
Jim Page. "That we've had three 
position players drafted speaks very 
highly of Millsaps baseball," says 
Page. In the 2005 season, Wetzel 
batted .407 with 12 homeruns, 51 
RBIs, and a slugging percentage of 
.747. The Majors compiled a record 
of 29 wins and seven losses, win- 
ning their second SCAC champi- 
onship in three years. 

Major Soccer Athlete 

Julia Fell 


Name: Julia Fell 
Position: Center Mid 
Height: 5 '3" 

Hometown: Shreveport, La. 

Major: Classics 

Future Plans: Law School 


Caf Food: Peanut butter 

Drink: Icee 

Restaurant: Monjuni's 

Professor: Dr. Elise Smith 

Movie: "Steve Prefontaine' 

TV Show: "Seinfeld" 

Sport to Watch: Tennis 

' Fell will begin her second year playing for the Majors on Sept. 1 when Millsaps 
takes on Mississippi College at home. A defense-minded player, Fell is expected to heav- 
ily contribute to the Majors' success this season. 

The Purple & 

September 1 5, 2005, Volume 70, No. 2 J^L 

Millsaps College 

Hurricane Katrina Special Edition 

Jackson area beset with strong winds, heavy rains 

Students, staff band together after campus loses electricity, running water 

Paul Dealing and Kate Jacobson 

Managing Editor and Editor-in-Chief 

As Millsaps students completed 
their first day of classes on Aug. 
23, the National Hurricane 
Center announced that Tropical 
Depression 12 had formed over 
the southeastern Bahamas. 

The next morning, the system 
was upgraded to Tropical Storm 
Katrina, and was forecasted to 
impact Florida's eastern coastline 
Aug. 24. 

Five days later, a much more 
powerful storm slammed into 
Mississippi and Louisiana, creating 
what has been called the worst 
natural disaster in U.S. history. 

Katrina made its first landfall 
Aug. 25 near Miami, Fla. as a 
Category 1 hurricane. Forecasters 
correctly predicted that the system 
would reemerge over the Gulf 
of Mexico, where it intensified 

On Aug. 27, Katrina became a 
major hurricane - a Category 3 
storm with dangerous 115 mph 
winds - and took aim at the 
Louisiana-Mississippi border. 

The morning of Aug. 28, 
President Frances Lucas transmitted 
a campus-wide e-mail urging 

students who 

may nave gone 
home to New Orleans or coastal 
Mississippi to return to Millsaps 

as soon as possible. Meanwhile, 
Katrina, now a Category 4 storm, 
continued to strengthen, advancing 
rapidly to Category 5 status. 
The system became the fourth 
most intense Atlantic hurricane 
in recorded history, packing 175 
mph winds and closing in on 

The same day, with Jackson 
certain to incur some of the 
storm's wrath, the College's 
Emergency Response Team 
met. The ERT, composed of 
campus administration and staff, 
made plans for the appropriate 
administrators to be on campus, 
for the departments to be in 
communication with one another 
and for the administration to 
communicate with the students. 

"We were uncertain of the storm's 
effect," says Vice President for 
Student Life and Dean of Students 
Brit Katz, "but we needed to be 
prepared. We were confident in our 
ability to work through the storm." 

At 10 p.m., President Lucas 
cancelled classes for Aug. 29, and 
announced that only the most 
essential campus services would 
remain active. The College had 
begun preparations for a heavy 
impact from the intense storm, 
but no one imagined how drastic 
the situation would be for Millsaps 
only 24 hours later. 

Photo by Jason Jarin 

Millsaps during the storm: Students brave walking across campus to get to the Cafeteria during the 



By early Monday morning, 
Katrina had weakened slightly, but 
remained a Category 4 hurricane, 
with wind speeds at 140 mph 
when it made its second landfall in 
Plaquemines Parish, La., southeast 
of New Orleans. At 10:45 a.m., 
President Lucas announced that 
the College's computer network 
would be shut down at noon as a 

precaution, but that classes would 
resume on Aug. 30 unless the 
campus lacked power. 

Senior Beth McKay was among 
the unprepared students in the 
storm's path. "My mom had told 
me to get gas on Sunday, and I am 
glad that I listened to her," McKay 
says. "Other than that, I had done 
nothing to prepare for the storm. I 
did not even have batteries for my 

radio. I had no idea that this storm 
would be so bad this far north. 
I was only worried about my 
morning commute up Lakeland 
- which did not happen till two 
weeks later." 

Katrina continued on page 4 

Coastal students find lives altered by storm 

Sophia Halkias 

Staff Writer 

Like most students, sophomore 
Asela Roberts did not expect 
Hurricane Katrina to strike as 
strongly as it did. As the storm was 
steadily gaining strength over the 
warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, 
Roberts and her roommate were 
cooped up in their dorm watching 
apocalypse-themed movies as 
such "Armageddon" and "The 
Day After Tomorrow." 

At the time, watching these 
films seemed like a way to shake 

a defiant fist in the face of a storm 
which couldn't possibly wreak as 
much havoc. But when footage of 
the full scale destruction - most of 
which seemed eerily similar to the 
imagery in those films - surfaced 
on the news, it just seemed 
macabre, the students said. 

"I knew that people were 
thinking that it was as bad as 
Camille," says Roberts. "But I 
didn't know that it would cause 
as much damage as it did." 

Roberts grew up in Waveland, 
Miss., a small coastal town that 
was obliterated when Katrina came 

barreling through with wind speeds 
of up to 140 mph. She is among 
many students who now face 
emotional and financial difficulties 
in the storm's aftermath. 

Among the greatest concerns 
for those fortunate enough not 
to have lost family members 
is coping with the damage or 
destruction of a home. 

"At first, I cried... because it's 
like, 'OK, you don't have a home 
to go back to.' All my memories 
are gone," mourns sophomore 
Jessica Clincy, a native of New 
Orleans whose mother's home 

was included in the 80 percent of 
the city that was flooded when the 
Lake Pontchartrain levee gave way. 

In Biloxi, sophomore Jacqueline 
Coale was feeling the same 
emotions. Coale was unable 
to contact family members for 
several days after the storm, a 
situation that she said caused her 
to become a "walking zombie," 
After being excused of her resident 
assistant duties, Coale decided to 
brave the debris-clogged roads 
and drive to Biloxi. 

"I had originally volunteered to 
stay here, but as soon as I heard 

the roads were open, I went to go 
check on my family," she recalls. 

Upon arrival, Coale was 
greeted by harrowing images of 
her destroyed house; the ceiling 
had collapsed and the inside was 
badly damaged from 3-foot deep 
flood waters. 

"As soon as we pulled up to my 
Grandma's and great aunt's house, 
I just freaked out," reflects Coale. 
"I could see everything including 
all the trees and damage to our 

Katrina brings transfer 
students to new city, college 

Catherine Schmidt 

Staff Writer 

Photo by Jason Jarin 
With the exception of fallen trees and small debris, the Millsaps 
campus suffered minimal damages to its many landmarks, includ 
ing the Bell Tower. 

When Millsaps classes resumed 
on Sept. 12, approximately 70 new 
students had transferred from 
colleges in New Orleans and the 
Gulf Coast that sustained severe 
damage from Hurricane Katrina. 

About 90 percent of these 
transfers hail from Tulane and 
Loyola. Other colleges represented 
include the University of New 
Orleans, Xavier, the University of 
Southern Mississippi and various 
community colleges. Around half 
of the transfers are freshmen. 

"I think it's a wonderful 
opportunity to be able to do 
our part and help students get 
normalcy back, which I think is 
what a lot of students are looking 

for," says Thomas Adams, director 
of recruitment. "A lot of students 
are really excited about coming 
to Millsaps this semester because 
it does take their mind off of 
what's going on in some of their 
lives, but at the same time, they 
realize that they are coming to a 
strong academic institution, so 
they're not losing anything in the 

Millsaps' Offices of Student 
Life and Financial Aid have taken 
several steps to help make the 
transition even easier for transfer 
students. Approximately 60 of the 
transfers will be living on campus 
and paying a flat room rate for the 
semester as opposed to the usual 
fiscal differentiation among dorm 
halls. Student Life is attempting 
to couple roommates who come 

from the same college in order to 
extend some sense of familiarity. 

In addition, the Office of 
Financial Aid is working to honor 
the scholarships and financial aid 
that students received from their 
previous institution. 

"We're asking each student to, 
if possible, produce some type of 
supporting documentation that 
tells us what their scholarship and 
financial aid package was at these 
schools. And what the Office of 
Financial Aid is doing on a case 
by case basis is putting together 
a comparable package," explains 

Transfers continued on page 4 

Millsaps sports 
adjust schedules 
and help through 

Students, faculty, 
and staff volunteer 
in a Major way 
after Katrina 


E 2 "THURSDAY, August 25, 2005 - THE P&W 


■ " ■-• 

As we settle back into the school routine, stories of the horrible damage caused by Hurricane Katrina echo throughout campus. Almost every student knows of someone whose house 
was destroyed, who suffered the loss of a loved one, or has yet to be able to return to their hometown. It is easy to get sucked into playing the "pity party" to those most affected. It 
almost seems like we try to out do each other with tales of destruction and disaster. You hear comments like, "Well, her house was only slightly damaged; that guy's house was destroyed" 
or, "He can at least go home. I can't even get back into my city." 

One of the lessons we must learn from the events of Aug. 29 is, whether or not you are from the Gulf Coast, New Orleans, or Oregon, everyone was affected by the storm. It is unnec- 
essary to try and gauge the amount of suffering one person has had to endure. Just because a student lived far from the path of the hurricane does not mean they did not suffer anguish 
and hardship as a result. 

• We all lived through one of the most terrible storms in U.S. history and together we must try to recuperate and rebuild. Millsaps is our college and Jackson is our home. For some, 
this town was their sole place of refuge for the past two weeks. Millsaps was a safe haven for its students and a valuable resource for the relief effort. The Millsaps community was there 
to help those in need, both for their students and strangers as well. 

As the gates of Millsaps open once again for the fall semester, new and old faces mingle together to form a new college community. Regardless of whether you are a returning student 
or a transfer, we must look past our personal difficulties and hardships and focus on moving on together. We are all here for the purpose of learning. If we focus on that goal, we could 
overcome this hardship and grow stronger together. 

Hurricane Katrina exposes 
catastrophic poverty 

Sumner Holmes 

inions Editor 

One of the most heartwarming things I have seen recently is the out- 
pouring of support that the country has shown in the aftermath of Katrina. 
As I rode up to Memphis on Tuesday to escape the drinking water crisis, 
I saw hundreds of vehicles coming down 1-55 to aid in the biggest crisis 
this part of the country has seen in anyone's recent memory. Seeing the 
National Guard convoys heading down to the coast was also a sober 
reminder of the scope of the disaster and the time it will take to bring that 
part of the country back to normal. 

Yet in the wake of this disaster, we are left not only with the best in 
humanity, the compassion that many have shown in volunteering and aid- 
ing those in need, but also with the worst; the looting and lawlessness that 
has pervaded the affected areas. In the time of crisis, when several thou- 
sand people were going without water and food for several days, all that 
'array-body' with any power could do was point fingers and try to blame 
'somebody else. If it wasn't the director r 6f :i Ff£MA's fault, then it was 

Governor Katherine Blanco of Louisiana (though, not surprisingly, it was 
never Gov. Haley Barbour's fault). 

In spite of all the finger pointing, things got exponentially worse in the 
following days, and it became quite evident that the biggest problem for 
the relief effort was not damage from 150 mph sustained winds or 30 ft. 
storm surges. The hurricane revealed a problem that ran much deeper and 
was one that people would just as soon ignore as acknowledge: poverty. 

In both New Orleans and the Gulf Coast there are substantial popula- 
tions of people that do not have the means to evacuate themselves. All of 
the mandatory evacuation notices in the world will not get a person out 
who does not own a car or the means to fuel it. And although many of 
them stayed by choice, many of them also stayed due to necessity. The 
governments of Mississippi and Louisiana were not equipped to deal with 
a large population of people that cannot provide for themselves enough to 
heed a mandatory evacuation. We have now truly seen the unfortunate 
effects of the negligence of our society: the starving, thirsty people in the 
convention center in New Orleans that were not even known to be there 
for four days after the hurricane hit. 

I know from what I have seen in the past two weeks that it is within 
the hearts of Americans to care and help those in need (despite all the par- 
tisan talk). But I challenge America to make a more lasting commitment 
to those in need than a hundred dollar check or eight hours of good work 
to help refugees. I call on Americans to heed Oliver Wendell Holmes 
charge that "taxes are the price we pay for civilization." I call on 
Americans to give up that $600 more they get for the Bush tax cuts and 
put it in to levee maintenance or disaster preparation so that we never 
again have lawlessness in a disaster area. I know in my heart as a 
Christian and an American that we are good people capable of tremendous 
feats; I just hope that we can use this benevolence to care for people before 

disaster occurs. 

».-rrr»H I isiiw to rJ wori bsisb hc.;T_.' 

What religion was Katrina? 



JP^feDr. James Bowley 


I bet most of us could have written this article about Katrina before 
Katrina. Our assignment would be to write about how religions have 
responded to Katrina's deadly mess. 

First, the explanations. How do religious people explain Katrina? Quiz 
time for all of us Heritage survivors: How did Voltaire, Pope, and Leibniz 
explain the Lisbon earthquake of 1755? Even Allstate calls it an "act of 
God." But what God would do such a thing? "If there is a God, he sure 
hates people," Kurt Vonnegut once wrote. But Kurt was not in tune with 
most religious leaders. 

Of course there are religious people saying that Katrina was God's pun- 
ishment. I have heard this in a Muslim form from Al Qaeda: "The wrath 
of the All-powerful fell upon the nation of oppressors." And in Christian 
forms: "Divine judgment has come upon a metropolis that was bent on 
making its environs open to hell's demons." Wow! Were there demons in 
Biloxi and Pascagoula? Was God punishing Trent Lott and the "red states" 
of MS and LA? 

I find the "punishment" explanation mostly just silly, except that it's 
loathsome in its attitude to the innocent dead and suffering, it seems 
astonishingly arrogant in it's claim to have read God's mind, and it's often 
dangerous. But it will never lack for spokespersons. 

Many religious people of various theistic religions will simply say that 
disasters like Katrina can't be explained as God's punishment, and they 
don't claim to have a good explanation. But many will say that nature and 
history generally are under God's control. This is a nuanced aspect of 

modern theologies— believing God has general control but not specific cul- 
pability—and we find it in Christian, Jewish, and Muslim settings. (It is 
quite different from the notions of the ancient writers who penned the 
Hebrew Bible and the New Testament.) 

On Monday I was serving breakfast at a Red Cross shelter and a fellow 
worker, a student at USM from Hattiesburg (who really, really liked grits), 
told me that her apartment building was standing strong even though oth- 
ers around it had been seriously damaged or destroyed by the wind. "It 
was saved either because it was built better or because we had a lot of 
people praying for us. Actually, I think it was both," she said. Since at 6.30 
a.m. the shelter was not yet prepared for an extensive theological discus- 
sion, and there were grits to eat, I didn't ask her more about just how 
prayer (and God) work. Are the dead now dead because they had fewer 
people praying for them? 

I think we have already moved from religious explanations for Katrina 
to religious comfort for Katrina. And religions of all kinds often function 
as ways of thinking that help people cope by making some sense of the 
tragedy and by reasserting the idea of divine love. Gov. Blanco called on 
people to pray on the Wednesday after Katrina departed. "That would be 
the best thing to calm our spirits and thank our Lord that we are sur- 
vivors," she said. 

Perhaps the most noticeable religious response to Katrina has been the 
many religious organizations that are helping with relief efforts. (Of course 
compassion and aid have been flowing in from non-religious people and 
organizations as well.) For religious people, religious ideas such as God's 
love often motivate works of compassion. 

I worked at the Christ United Methodist distribution center on Saturday 
and saw Muslims and Jews working there, too. When a boy in Gulfport or 
a girl in New Orleans gets that bottle of water, granola bar and that mac- 
arAii you sent, do you think they first ask, "I wonder if the person who 
sent this was Methodist, Baptist, atheist, Muslim, or Hindu?" I doubt it. 

That, of course, doesn't stop some people from trying to use the occa- 
sion to talk others, including aid recipients, into their religion. This is 
another response to, and use of, Katrina. The furniture store Miskelly's 
took out full-page ads complete with Bible verses to tell people about how 
good and generous they were; and you should all come out buy a lovely 
new dining room set! Ah yes, we live in America and our most prevalent 
and protected religion is Capitalism. 


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We really weren't 
affected as bad 
as the others. 

Stuart Simon, 
junior from New Orleans, la. 

I got to know my 
hallmate Megan 
really well because 
she went home 
with me. 

It made me sad and 
angry at the same 

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freshman from Ridgeland, M: 

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Bohbi Jones, 
freshman from Birmingham. Ala, 

Photos by Jason Jarin 

My house's first 
floor is gutted. 

Michael McKinncy, 
junior from Gulfport, Miss. 

It made me realize how 
much I missed photopoll. 

Alex Bosworth. 
senior from New Orleans, La. 

I have two families 
living with my family 
right now. 

Cari Barton, 
senior from Memphis, Tcnn. 


So, Millsaps, what are we 
going to do now? 

Chelsi West 


We could sit around for hours and talk about who's at fault. We could 
blame the federal government for not sending buses to the disaster areas 
in time. We could blame FEMA for not providing enough aid and relief to 
Louisiana and Mississippi. We could blame the nation's leaders for not 
playing a more proactive role in the relief efforts. But this blame game 
would get us nowhere. If we have time to sit around and point fingers, 
then we have time to serve. 

The academic year began with the Convocation tradition in which the 
main concept was 'light.' As members of the Millsaps community, we each 
possess a light and it is our duty to shine. Obviously, the hurricane has 

brought times of darkness. Why not use our light to help someone who 
cannot see? 

There are so many at the Mississippi Trade Mart and coliseum who can- 
not see. They cannot believe what has happened, and they cannot see 
where they are going. We have the opportunity to show them, we have the 
chance to serve - now is the time to do it. It's not the time to discuss if the 
president cares about black people. It's not the time to think about what 
could have been done. Unless someone figures out a mechanism to turn 
back time, there's no use in dwelling on what could have happened. We 
know what happened; let's help those who suffered. 

There are people dead, there are floating bodies and there are families 
that have been torn apart. Some people lost everything - homes, cars, tro- 
phies, poetry, friends, furniture, clothes, wedding rings, jobs, diplomas, 
food, computers, books and much more than we could begin to imagine. 
Now is not the time to complain about a lack of air conditioning. 

Now is the time to do something that counts. It's the time for the gap 
between the rich and the poor to decrease, a time for those who have to 
give to those who don't, instead of pretending that none of this happened 
and going on with our everyday lives. For those who have suffered but 
survived, now is the time to realize that we survived for a reason. What 
are you going to do? 

No one can say that we have done enough to help the evacuees of the 
disaster areas. Until we stop calling them "refugees," we haven't done 
enough. If there are people swimming 10 miles in order to survive, we 
have not done enough. If there are 3- and 4-year-old children drinking 
contaminated water from swimming pools, we have not done enough. If 
there are people walking through six counties without shoes, we have not 
done enough. Until this country realizes that we are all humans and 
Americans and should help each other because we are all equal citizens 
of the same nation, we have not done enough. 

Katrina's incomprehenable 

herine Schmidt 

__ — — ^— — 

The day before Hurricane Katrina hit, my father advised me to stock up 
on water, food, batteries, and gasoline. I dismissed the advice as paranoia 
and figured that we would experience the usual heavy rain and wind gusts 
but no serious damage. However, before I knew it, classes were cancelled 
for two weeks, and the R.A.s told us that all students who could make it 
home should leave. 

My initial reaction was that these two weeks would be like a prolonged 
summer vacation to enjoy with my new college friends. I can say with 
confidence that I was not the only freshman who tried to hide out in our 
dorm rooms and hope the R.A.s would kindly overlook our presence: I 
soon came to realize that after a week of college freedom and bliss, the 
school was actually serious about sending us home to our families. 
Returning to 11:00 curfews and house chores was not an option, so my 

roommate and I decided to move around town as gypsies, staying with 
friends and family for a night at a time. Even the nomadic life lost its lus-* 
ter as electricity and gasoline became luxury items. 

If any observation of American society struck me during the aftermath 
of the storm, it was our dependence on electricity and gasoline. Much of 
our entertainment these days relies on electricity: watching a movie, lis- 
tening to music, playing video games, surfing the internet. While playing 
Trivial Pursuit and word association games by candlelight first seemed like 
delightfully simple pleasures, they soon became mundane. 

When boredom strikes, one of the most obvious solutions is to go 
somewhere, anywhere, but even this became difficult with the gas crisis. 
The first time I saw a gas station line turn corners and border the streets 
for blocks, I realized how much Americans, especially suburban 
Americans, take personal vehicles for granted. One night I actually dreamt 
that I drove up to a vacant gas station and pumped gas. How could an 
everyday commodity become such a novelty? 

In the immediate days after the storm, it seemed like many people in 
Jackson lacked a clear idea of what had actually happened in New Orleans 
and the Gulf Coast. Much of the information we received came second- 
hand from family and friends who witnessed the destruction. I was cer- 
tainly aware of the devastation of homes and the loss of lives, but I won- 
dered how much of what I heard included some exaggeration. Could bod- 
ies really be floating down the street in New Orleans? Could snipers hap- 
hazardly kill innocent bystanders? I remained skeptical, but when electric- 
ity returned, the television and internet news sources proved that there 
had been no hyperbole. 

Walking through the coliseum where mattresses covered the concrete 
floor with entire families and newborns and the few items they could take 
with them, I realized that the least of my worries right now should be elec- 
tricity and gasoline. After a few hours of playing with evacuee children 
and folding donated clothes, I was lucky enough to go home— to a home 
with no lights and no music but a home nonetheless. 

Images of Hurricane Katrina 

to the 

To the Millsaps Community: 

An amazing spirit of commu- 
nity has swept over our campus 
since Katrina, and the members 
of IA would like to publicly thank 
the facilitators of that spirit. 

Thank you, Caf staff. You 
lave been essential to keeping 
the College going by cooking 
meals despite obstacles, which 
shows how committed you are to 
the College's well being. 

The grounds crew is amazing. 
It is difficult to tell that a devas- 
tating storm has passed due to 
your dedication everyday to mak- 
ing our campus look amazing. 

Thank you to maintenance for 
ceeping our campus clean despite 
the chaotic atmosphere that has 
been lingering, an essential need 
that you so graciously fill. 

The RAs have heroically 
stepped up. We appreciate the 
cool-headed tactics of communica- 
tion and the compassion that you 
practiced in the midst of the storm. 

Computer Services has been 
very efficient in getting us back 
online and our equipment up 
and running as fast as possible. 
Thank you! 

The HAC has opened their 
facilities for people without air 
conditioning and running water. 
Thank you for using your facili- 
ties to serve the greater need! 

The faculty has been an amaz- 
ing presence on campus even 
though many of them received 
damage to their homes and 
neighborhoods. You have been 
vital in keeping the morale high 
among our community. 

To all the students who have 
graciously opened their homes to 
other students, there is no place 
like home, especially when fac- 
ing disaster, and so we thank you 
for providing that atmosphere to 
our students in need. 

To the staff of Student Life and 
the Emergency Team, thanks 
seem insufficient. You have lived 
out of your offices, making sure 
that our community withstood 
the storm. You have acted as the 
eye of the hurricane by remain 
ing calm amid great stresses. You 
have expressed concern for all 
levels of devastation. You have 
given hugs, pats on the back, 
eaten meals with the .students, 
and cleaned the campus, with 
minute amounts of sleep. 

Of course, this letter would 
not be complete without a huge 
thank you to President Lucas, 
Dean Smith, Vice President 
Rose, and Dean Katz. You have 
done a phenomenal job dealing 
with the stresses that have aris 
en from Katrina. We are 
extremely thankful for your 
direction through the storm. 

Finally, we would like to 
express our deepest sympathies 
to those of the Millsaps commu 
nity who have lost family, home, 
security and spirit. We must al 
unite in times like these anc 
become one strong and solid 
unit. We are confident that 
Millsaps is more than capable ol 
such a task and we will make 
sure that this is the case. Know 
that our thoughts and prayers 
are with each of you as we over- 
come Katrina. 

Loval to all Millsaps citizens, 


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In spite of the devastation, 
Coale remains optimistic about 
her family's and hometown's 
prospects. She points out that 
the damage to her home was 
minimal , and notes that "for what 
happened, the spirit still seems so 
high down there." 

In this situation, it helps 
that there is sufficient financial 
support to ease the burden of the 
overwhelming lost. Most students 
whose families live on the coast 
will be able to retrieve money 
from their insurance companies. 
Also, the Federal Emergency 
Management Agency (FEMA) is 
organizing efforts to temporarily 
house those who lost their homes 
in the hurricane and to work 

with those who are financially 
devastated by their loss. 

"My parents actually got a hold 
of FEMA, and FEMA is willing to 
rebuild [our] house as much as it 
would cost," Roberts remarks. 

In Coale's opinion, the 
financial stability of those living 
on the coast is threatened not by 
looming bills but by the sudden 
unemployment of those who 
worked for local businesses there. 
Economists speculate that the 
current unemployment rate on the 
Coast is about 25 percent. 

Most major companies have 
accommodated their employees by 
securing jobs for them elsewhere. 
Clincy's parents, for example, both 
work for the U.S. Postal Service 

and will be routed to their same 
positions in a different area. 

A local business owner like 
Coale's father, though, must deal 
with damaged property and a lack 
of employees and customers. A 
prolonged lack of income could 
result in a change in lifestyle, a 
harsh reality proposed to those 
who take it for granted in the 
immediate days after the storm, 
when electricity and gas were 

For Coale, this could mean 
having to attend another college. 
"It just depends on what kind of 
insurance money we get on the 
house and cars," she says. "But 
if we don't get enough money to 
rebuild the house, there's no way 

I can stay." 

However, Coale characterizes- 
this as an unlikely worst-case 
scenario, pointing out that her 
father has been able to obtain 
a temporary job in wake of the 

"FEMA is actually coming in 
and buying out mobile homes 
for people who lost homes. He's 
actually going to be in charge of 
a crisis center on the Gulf Coast 
right now to help people get 
homes," she says, adding that 
if the insurance company gives 
them an ample amount to cover 
their losses, she could continue to 
attend college here. 

It will take both time and money 
to rebuild the towns ravaged by 

Hurricane Katrina. However, even 
though the possibility that this 
level of destruction will occur 
again with the onslaught of any 
natural disaster, most students 
say their families plan to move 
back to their hometowns once 
reconstruction is complete. 

"We've lived in that house 
since [I was in] first grade," says 
Roberts. She calls Waveland "really 
beautiful," and says that although 
her father is temporarily being 
transferred to Boston to accept a 
new job, Waveland is realty where 
he would like to retire. "That's my 
home, right there. You can't just 

Campus sustains damages from Katrina 

Chris Robinson 

Staff Writer 

Some of the damage to the 
Millsaps College campus is easy to 
see, but some of the worst damage 
is unseen. 

The storm hit the camps Aug. 

Thousands of dollars of food 
spoiled in the cafeteria because of 
the loss of power, flooding ruined 
new admission materials in the 
basement of Sanderson Hall and 
the Millsaps bell tower chimes are 

alt is not yet known whether the 
chimes are broken due to electrical 
problems or other reasons. 

In addition, lights on the 
baseball field were twisted in the 
wrong direction. 

"Things are being taken care of 
and. w.e will continue to deal with 
new issues as quickly as possible," 
Vice President for Campus Services 
Todd Rose said. 

Katrina caused roof damage to 

three academic buildings: Olin, 
Sanderson and the Christian 
Center. Most of the damage to the 
academic buildings was minor 
and can be repaired with patch 
jobs, campus officials said. 

The storm also damaged roofs 
on both the Lambda Chi Alpha 
and Kappa Alpha Order fraternity 

"The hurricane ripped off the 
covering from the porch, and 
water seeped into almost all of 
the rooms upstairs," said Franklin 
Childress, a senior member of 
Kappa Alpha. 

Fraternity houses are covered 
by Millsaps' property insurance 
and will be assessed, along with 
the academic buildings, in the 
coming weeks. 

Other damages include many 
large trees blown over by the 
storm. Some were ripped out of 
the ground still attached to their 

"It's amazing how much 
maintenance has done during the 

time the students were all gone," 
says junior Brad Yakots, "It's clear 
that they care about how the 
campus looks and how students 

Vice President Rose praised the 
Millsaps community, especially 
the students who stepped up 
during this crisis. 

"The RAs went above and 
beyond the call of duty, they did 
a wonderful job making students 
less anxious," said Rose. 

Senior Andrea Dewey agreed. 
"The faculty and student affairs 
staff worked quickly and kept us 
as informed as possible." 

Since Katrina hit, the Millsaps 
staff and several students have 
organized several clean-up days 
and begun the process of returning 
Millsaps to normalcy. 

"It took everybody to pitch in, 
and I think that's what Millsaps 
does that not everyone else does," 
Rose said. "That is part of what 
makes us special." 

Photo by Jason Jarin 

Millsaps Recovery: Maintenance workers get busy as fallen trees 
fill the campus landscape that Tuesday morning after Katrina hit 

Katrina continued from page 1 

Throughout Monday, wind 
and rains pummeled the campus 
and the Jackson area. Cable 
went out at 12:30 p.m., as did 
news to almost all students. At 
approximately 3 p.m., the worst of 
the hurricane began to hit Jackson. 
After at least two brief outages, 
the campus's electricity went off 
and stayed off beginning at 4 p.m. 
Emergency lights, operating on a 
one-hour battery backup system, 
were immediately activated, and 
resident assistants quickly moved 
students to the ground floor of 
their buildings. 

Vice President for Campus 
Services Todd Rose was optimistic 
that the power failure would not 
last very long, due to Millsaps' 
location near numerous hospital 
buildings. "Millsaps is in the same 
electrical corridor as Baptist, so 
we expected to get power back 
quickly," says Rose, who adds that 
the hospital has a much larger and 
longer-lasting backup system than 

"Initially we were concerned 
about students living in darkened 
rooms in darkened buildings on 
an unlit campus," explains Katz. 
"Individual safety and collective 
security became an issue." 

As dinnertime approached, 
resident assistants began leading 
students in groups to eat in the 
Caf, which remained operational. 
Olivia White-Lowe, director of 
dining services, explains, "Most 
of our equipment operates on 
gas, so we were able to continue 
to cook some foods." White-Lowe 
adds that the Caf usually receives 
a food shipment during the day 
on Mondays, but that the storm 
caused the 18- wheeler to have to 
arrive much 'earlier, in the wee 
hours of the morning. 

"They told us that if we could 
be here at 3 a.m. to receive the 
food, they could deliver it. So 
we were all here at 3 a.m.," 
White-Lowe divulges. The Food 
Services staff was forced to cook 

by flashlight and lanterns due to 
the lack of lighting, but remained 
committed to serving the students. 
Remarks White-Lowe, "I think we 
maintained business as usual, 
though under stress." 

In addition to the lack of 
electricity, which was ultimately 
out for just over 24 hours, the 
College also found itself without 
running water. "Electricity fuels 
the pump that supplies water to 
the campus, so water went out 
around the same time," Rose 
explains. Rose adds that some 
parts of campus, such as Goodman 
Hall, still had some water power, 
though students were quickly 
alerted about confamination 
concerns because Jackson's water 
purification system had gone 
down. "The water was still good 
enough to bathe in," explains 
Rose, "but unsafe for drinking." 

By late Monday, it became clear 
that students would likely spend 
the night without air conditioning, 
as power had not returned as 
quickly as expected. Sanitation 
quickly became an issue as well, 
because students could not flush 
residence hall toilets after using 

Campus safety became a 
particular concern following 
several attempts by non-Millsaps 
persons to jump the perimeter 
fences. "There were four or five 
people who tried to jump the 
fence," says Rose. "The curfew 
helped us out, and we increased 
our patrols and worked with the 
Jackson Police Department." 
Jackson remained under some 
sort of curfew until Fri., Sept. 9. 

Finding a temporary home 

The ERT remained on campus 
through the storm, and many did 
not begin to leave until 1 a.m. 
Tuesday morning. When the 
sun came up, they returned to a 
campus still without electricity. 
Word spread that classes were 
cancelled until noon, then 

through Wednesday, but the lack 
of Internet, e-mail and news left 
many confused. 

Many did not realize the 
hurricane's impact until Tuesday 
morning as they walked across 
campus. Katz remembers hearing 
a 22-year veteran of the College 
community say, "I have never 
seen a storm with this much of an 
impact on Millsaps' campus." 

"We finally spoke with Entergy 
Tuesday at noon," says Rose. "We 
were told that the earliest we 
would have power back would be 
Friday." Within a few hours, class 
was cancelled through the rest of 
the week, and residents were urged 
to leave if at all possible. Many 
students, frustrated by the lack 
of electricity and communication, 
had already left. "We began to tell 
students that if there was a place 
they could go that had power and 
water, to go there," says Rose. 

Junior Paul Bible explains, 
"I waited the hurricane out in 
the fraternity house. I partied in 
the following days and didn't do 
much of anything. I decided to 
leave campus because I ran out of 
money. My sister came to pick up 
to take me back home. After the 
hurricane, Jackson was like a war 
zone but my hometown, Crowville 
in northeast Louisiana, was only 
slightly affected. I think the most 
problems were with gasoline 
shortages because of an influx of 
people passing through town. 

For the approximately 160 
people left on campus, the 
absence of drinking water became 
a top concern. Tuesday afternoon, 
four resident assistants, seniors 
Katie Anderson, Clay Kirkpatrick 
and Bethany Santucci, and junior 
Michael McKinney, acquired 500 
gallons of water by driving to 
Greenville, Miss. 

White-Lowe's staff also faced 
challenges during the water 
outage. "We had no way to wash 
anything," she explains, revealing 
that a three-day supply of paper 

goods such as foam plates and 
plastic cutlery is always kept 
available, which was eventually 
used to serve meals. 

Around 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, 
with most students long gone, 
power returned to the south side of 
campus, days ahead of schedule. 
The north side of campus followed 
shortly afterward. Rose tells that 
Entergy probably intentionally 
overextended the time it would 
take to restore power in their 
Friday estimate, but only because 
"they are a reasonably cautious 
company" in times of mass power 
failures. Running water returned 
to campus that night as well, 
though Jackson remained under a 
boil water alert for several days. 

Evolving circumstances 

Within the next 72 hours, "the 
facts and circumstances kept 
evolving," explains Katz. 

The first concern was electricity, 
the second was drinking water, 
the next was a gas shortage, and 
then there was a new need: storm 
survivors. "With each new issue, 
we needed more time to respond," 
states Katz. On Thurs., Sept. 1, 
President Lucas announced that 
the campus was closed until Sun., 
Sept. 11, with classes resuming on 
Sept. 12, due to the extreme gas 

"The reality of Katrina 
established a new precedent," 
states Katz. "Even in retrospect, 
it was a surprise to see Jackson 
without power, water and 

The College relied on Director 
of Communications and Marketing 
Patti Wade and Associate Director 
of Media Relations Jesse Yancy to 
contact media outlets with new 
information. Administration sent 
e-mails and made phone calls to 
students to keep them current 
with information, and flyers 
were distributed to the people 
left on campus. Students, staff, 
and faculty were also informed 

of opportunities to help with 
hurricane relief on campus and in 
the Jackson community. 

"I delighted in watching students 
maintain positive attitudes," Katz 

Rose admits that the entire 
College community was 
unprepared for and surprised 
by the significant effects of the 
storm. Should a storm similar to 
Katrina strike again, one area he 
hopes will be improved upon is 
communication. "Our procedures 
are good, but we are limited by 
our reliance on e-mail. We're 
used to being inundated with 
information, and it was strange 
to suddenly have to communicate 
with handwritten signs. " 

Rose adds that the College is 
considering purchasing backup 
generators that would allow the 
campus to maintain power, but 
that doing so would be a huge 
investment for something that 
might only be used once every 
few years. 

During the past two weeks, the 
Division of Student Life created 
a plan to assist students with 
counseling needs and grief issues. 
The Business Office is also making 
preparations to help students with 
new financial issues due to the 
hurricane. Katz hopes to meet 
again with the ERT to debrief and 
discuss how they might respond 
differently in the future. One 
change he has already suggested 
is having a student be part of the 

"Katrina is a national crisis and 
we must remember how many will 
hurt for a long time to come," says 
Katz. "But if we remember how 
tightly knit we are as a community 
at Millsaps, then I believe we can 
use that for care, concern and 
comfort for those who still grieve 
or feel the pain of loss." 


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Administration alters academic schedule 

Anansa Bailey 

Staff writer 

The aftermath of Hurricane 
Katrina has altered the lives and 
schedules of millions around the 
nation. Among those impacted are 
several colleges in the southeast 
portion of the country, mainly 
those in Louisiana and Mississippi. 
While technicians worked around 
the clock to restore power and 
gas to the damaged areas, many 
schools had to cancel classes, 
and as a result while have altered 
schedules to make up for the 

Millsaps is no exception to 
schedule alterations. During the 
week of Aug. 29, students learned 
of their new schedule sent out in 
an e-mail by Dean Richard Smith. 
Smith announced the following 
changes to the fall 2005 schedule: 
the cancellation of fall break, 
addition of some Saturday classes 
and an extension of the semester 

during what would have been 
the first week of winter break. 
The announcement of schedule 
changes prompted immediate 
reactions from students. 

"Millsaps is an academically 
rigorous school, so going straight 
through the semester without a 
fall break plus an extra week will 
be difficult," says sophomore Matt 
Bonneau. "However, as I watch 
the news and the sadness along 
the Gulf Coast, I realize that a 
schedule change for one semester 
becomes a minute sacrifice." 

Some students who planned 
trips during fall break will now 
have to cancel their traveling 
plans. "The change of schedule 
has affected me greatly, says 
sophomore Marcy Pilate. 

"My family and I had planned 
a trip to Washington, D.C., but 
I can't go now. This is the third 
time we have moved the trip. 
My family is still going to go, but 
without me." 

"I will be missing a huge 
Christmas tradition for the first 
time ever because it takes place 
on Dec. 12," expresses senior 
Andrea Dewey. "I live too far 
away to make it home in time. 
The school has been extremely 
helpful in this tragic time and so I 
will cooperate with whatever they 
see necessary." 

While the idea of more 
class time does not thrill most 
students, many have realized 
that the schedule changes are 
necessary. "I am not excited 
about the Saturday classes, but 
we are lucky we haven't missed 
a whole semester that we would 
have to make up during the 
summer or at another school" 
says sophomore Mimi Grissom. 

Senior Nikki Hebert echoes 
Grissom, saying that she 
believes the schedule changes 
are inevitable. "There is no 
way around it - it could have 
been worse." 

Schedule Adjustments 

• Family Weekend, originally scheduled for 
Sept. 1 6 and 1 7 has been cancelled. 

• Sept. 1 5 is the last day for schedule 
changes without grades 

• Oct. 2 1 , mid-semester grades due. 

• Nov. 2 1 , last day for dropping courses 
with grade of W 

• Saturday classes will be held Nov. 1 9 for 
Wednesday classes, Dec. 3 for Thursday 
classes and Dec. 1 0 for Friday classes. 

• Final exams will take place Dec. 1 2 
through Dec. 1 7. 

Transfers continued from page 1 

Despite the plan, the financial 
plan can be more complicated 
for some students such as Jeff 
Lodriguss and Colleen McGinity, 
both transfers from Loyola. 

Lodriguss, a junior psychology 
major, came to the Office of 
Admissions with no documentation 
of his grants at Loyola because all 
the documents were lost in the 
flooded remains of his St. Bernard 
Parish home. 

McGinity, a sophomore criminal 
justice major, had already paid the 
fall semester's tuition at Loyola. 
With her mother's source of 
income lost, McGinity took out 
another student loan to pay for 
the semester at Millsaps. 

Many transfer students chose 
Millsaps because of its proximity 
to their homes and the comparable 

"I thought Millsaps would be 
a good place to come to because 
it's close to New Orleans, and I 
know people here who had good 
things to say about it," said Greg 
Rodrigue, a sophomore general 
business major from Loyola. 

"Also, classes started late 
because of the storm, so there's 
not too much work to make up." 

Rodrigue later decided to return 
to New Orleans . 

"It's too difficult to pull up 
my roots from New Orleans and 
transfer here for a couple of 
months. Everything seems kind 
of temporary, and I miss home," 
explained Rodrigue 

While some students came to 
Millsaps in the company of friends, 
many transfers came alone. 

Ashley LeBlanc, a junior 
business major from Tulane, says 
that many of her friends are from 
the North and will be spending 
the semester at schools such as 
Boston University and Syracuse 
University - — ■ 

Like Jenny Barentine, a senior 
psychology major from Loyola, 
some transfer students have not 
been able to reach their friends 
and find out their plans for the 

"My friends are kind of 
scattered, and there's no way to 
get in touch with them. 504 [area 
code] numbers are still hard to get 
through, and the Loyola server 
is down, so we can't email each 
other," says Barrentine. 

Many of the transfer students' 
families are staying at hotels or 
with family near Jackson until 
they are able to go home. 

Most of the students evacuated 
with their families before Katrina 

hit New Orleans. 

LeBlanc and her family braved 
the storm on their 40-acre ranch 
about 40 minutes from New 

LeBlanc recalls hearing dozens 
of trees on their property cracking 
in the strong winds but said that 
the worst part was surviving the 
10 days after the storm without 
power and water. 

Accommodating 30 other 
evacuees on their ranch, LeBlanc 
did have the luxury of a generator 
to power the refrigerator and air 
conditioner, and they used , the 
swimming pool to bathe. 

Ashley Harris, a sophomore 
English major from Loyola, 
evacuated to Fayette with her 
parents before the storm reached 
their hometown of New Orleans. 

However, Harris' sister and 
brother-in-law, Kenyatta and 
Rahsaan Griffin, were forced to 
stay in Charity Hospital in New 
Orleans where Kenyatta Griffin 
was employed. 

The Griffins speak of horrifying 
conditions in the six days they 
spent in Charity Hospital before 
they were rescued by airboat and 
eventually reached a cousin's 
house in Jackson. 

"We slept on the floor, in chairs 

— wherever we had to sleep. 
Some patients died; there were 
feces everywhere. People were 
robbing people in the stairways. It 
was so hot, people were throwing 
stuff out windows to break the 
windows to get air... It was like 
a war zone in there," Rahsann 
Griffin recounts. 

Having escaped such 
devastation, some transfers remain 
optimistic about this semester and 
consider it a form of study abroad. 
Many of these students plan on 
becoming involved in school 
activities. • 

"lot 'exampfe, i! Harris' 's^d' she 
would like to write for the "Purple 
& White," and LeBlanc plans on 
joining her sorority, Chi Omega. 

However, among other transfer 
students, a sense of uncertainty 
and weariness prevails. 

Many can hardly even think 
about tackling extracurricular 
activities with the pressing issues of 
finances and survival outweighing 
less weighty concerns. 

Barrentine, a senior, says that 
she will be able to graduate on 
time and is taking classes that 
will transfer for her major. She 
will continue her plans to go to 
graduate school next year. 

Some transfers said they can 

not wait to be able to return to 
their beloved "Big Easy." 

"I hope to be back in New 
Orleans soon with my friends. I 
love that city," says Lodriguss. 

Others, including Harris, 
remain uncertain about their plans 
beyond this semester and will 
base their decision on whether 
to stay at Millsaps or return to 
their previous school on how this 
semester goes. 

For some, such as McGinity, 
Millsaps does not offer their 
specialized major, so staying 
would be hard unless they choose 
to change their major. 

For those who decide to stay 
beyond fall semester, Millsaps 
officials said they will reassess 
the students' financial aid 
packages and make any necessary 

"At this point, we realize that 
their [the transfer students'] loyalty 
is at their home institution," says 

"So, at this point, we don't 
plan for students to stay any 
longer than a semester, but we 
would definitely be excited for any 
student who wants to continue 
their education here at Millsaps, 
and we'll prepare accordingly as 
the semester comes to an end. " 

Millsaps lends a hand in the wake of Katrina 

Photo by Jason Jarin 
Dr. Sarah Lee McGuire of the Biology Department helps sort the 
numerous donations that flowed into the HAC after Hurricane Ka- 
trina hit on Aug. 29. 

Wardah Ali and Chelsi West 

Staff Writer and the Life Editor 

The storm has hit. Houses are 
flooded, trees are down and roads 
are torn to pieces. 

The streets are lined • with 
evacuees from New Orleans, the 
Gulf Coast and south Mississippi. 
Many who have no where else to 
go are turning to those residents 
of Jackson for help. 

From help with animal rescue 
leagues to food networking, 
Millsaps students have done their 
share to help Mississippi and 
Louisiana recuperate after the 

Students have given hours and 
even days at a time in order to 
volunteer wherever possible. 

Junior Andrew Harris processed 
911 emergency calls and missing 
persons reports for those in the 
disaster areas. 

"It made the rescue attempts 
more effective, determining who 
needed the most help and who 
needed it sooner," he says. "There 
were no classes and we had power 
and water, so I felt that I owed it 
to those who were suffering, those 
who didn't have [anything]." 

Other members of the Millsaps 
community were trained by the 
local chapter of The American 
Red Cross as caseworkers and 
volunteers for service, both 

on campus and downtown at 
the Mississippi Trade Mart and 

"I'm glad Millsaps didn't go 
back until Sept. 12 because it gave 
us a chance to volunteer," says 
Professor Laura Franey. "It was 
such an overwhelming disaster 
that the Red Cross needed as much 
help as they could get." 

Included in the Red Cross 
service group from Millsaps was 
Liz Ofem, a student from New 

"I wanted to see if I could find 
anybody that I knew from home, 
to see if I could help them in any 
way. I saw a security guard from 
my old high school as well as some 
people from my grandmother's 
neighborhood," she said. 

For Ofem, a sophomore, helping 
out with the Red Cross was more 
than just something to do during 
the time off from school. 

"I needed to get my mind off of 
everything," she says. "By helping 
others from my city, it helped 

The Jackson chapter of the Red 
Cross has 1,700 volunteers on file, 
adding more each day in the effort 
to handle the problems created by 
Hurricane Katrina. 

Freshman Matthew Oglesbee 
gave up his time off from class in 
order to lend a hand downtown. 

"I could have basically helped 

people or sat on my butt at 
campus," he says. "I liked helping 
out but I really enjoyed wearing 
the Red Cross vest." 

"All of it didn't quite hit me 
until now," admits Oglesbee. "It 
brought the TV stories to life. It 
made everything real." 

Students are not just 
volunteering in groups at the Red 
Cross. The morning of Sept. 11, 
the Millsaps football team traveled 
to the Gulf Coast to volunteer in 
the disaster areas. 

"The coaches barbequed and 
we fixed plates to the people 
who came by," says sophomore 
Ray Kline. "If it happened to me 
I would want someone to help 

While Millsaps students 
did spend a great deal of time 
volunteering off-campus, one of 
the biggest relief efforts occurred on 
the school grounds. On Sept. three 
days after the storm, a campus- 
wide clean up was initiated. The 
following morning, Vice-President 
for Campus Services Todd Rose 
congratulated students on a job 
well done. 

"The human volunteer spirit 
is alive and well at Millsaps!" he 
proclaimed in a campus-wide e- 

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Katrina forces changes, leaves teams in 
chaos to prepare for upcoming seasons 

Chris Robinson 

Staff Writer 

One of the many aftereffects of 
Hurricane Katrina is being felt in 
the world of Millsaps athletics. In 
the wake of the hurricane, many 
Millsaps teams are being forced to 
cancel some games, reschedule 
others and adapt to a season for 
which some feel unprepared. 

The Millsaps football team has 
had to reschedule what was to be 
their season opener with 
Huntingdon College, originally 
planned for Sept. 1. Now the 
Majors will host Concordia College 
at Harper Davis Field on Sept. 17. 
Coach David Saunders looks for- 
ward to the game, saying, "Our 
players have handled each instruc- 
tion and change of instruction 
well. I am sure that our players 
will handle the challenge in a pos- 
itive manner." 

The Millsaps men's soccer team 
traveled to Memphis to play in a 
tournament the weekend of Sept. 
3-4. They played in two games, 
losing the first 3-0 to Washington 
University on Saturday and win- 
ning their second against Rust 
College 5-1 on Sunday. Heath 
Smith scored two 'goals, with 
Stuart Schmidt, Lee Pharr and 
Oghale Ighoavodha each scoring 
one. The Majors had to reschedule 
their game against LeTourneau 
University to Tue., Sept. 20. 

Coach Lee Johnson says, "My 
biggest concern now is keeping my 
guys fit and prepared for the sea- 
son ahead." 

The Millsaps women's soccer 
team has just gotten started, with 
the Lady Majors playing their first 
game on Sept. 11 against LSU- 
Shreveport. The game was a hard 
fought battle, with the Lady 
Majors losing 2-1. The women's 
team has also had some schedul- 
ing changes, canceling their game 
against Loyola and being forced to 
reschedule their game against 
Louisiana College. 

Sophomore Julia Fell believes 
that the impact of Katrina on the 
team's preparation was huge. She 
says, "We lost a week and a half of 
practice and just have not yet had 
enough time to practice together." 

Millsaps Tennis Coach Scott 
Pennington agrees that Hurricane 
Katrina has had a huge impact on 
Millsaps athletics. The tennis team 
rescheduled the fall Millsaps 
Invitational for Oct. 14-16, which 
will be both the men's and 
women's first home appearance. 

Coach Pennington originally 
had nine teams scheduled to 
attend this event and is hopeful 
that they will all still be able to 
attend. Now, the tennis teams turn 
their eyes to the ITA Regionals, 
located in Atlanta, Ga. at Emory 
University. The women's team has 
two weeks to practice before their 
regional and the men have three 
weeks. Coach Pennington says, 


Photo courtesy of Brian Emory 

The Millsaps College football team traveled to Biloxi on Sun., Sept. 1 1 , helping to feed hundreds of people 
affected by Hurricane Katrina.The team cooked hot dogs and hamburgers at the local Jappa Temple, work- 
ing to do their part in the relief efforts. 

"We only had one practice before 
the hurricane. It feels like we're 
starting all over." 

The Millsaps volleyball team has 
had some very dramatic changes 
to their schedule. They were 
forced to reschedule their first 

game against Freed-Hardeman 
University for Sept. 29 and to can- 
cel their second and third games, 
which were to be played against 
Xavier and Loyola Universities, 
respectively. The girls began prac- 
ticing again on Sept. 9 and will 

have a little more than a week to 
prepare for the Rhodes College 
Tournament on Sept. 17-18. The 
ladies will make their first home 
appearance on Oct. 1, facing both 
LeTourneau University and the 
University of Texas-Tyler. 

Hurricane not only source of 



-Millsaps vs. Concordia 

Sept. 17, 1:00 p.m. 
Women's Soccer 
-Millsaps vs. Mississippi 

Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m. . 
Cross Country 
-Millsaps at Hendrix College 
Sept. 17 

-Millsaps vs. Hendrix College 
at Rhodes College 

Sept. 17, 12 p.m. 
-Millsaps vs. Lyon University at 
Rhodes College 

Sept. 17, 2:15 p.m. 
-Millsaps vs. Rhodes College 

Sept. 18, 11 a.m. 
-Millsaps at Belhaven College 
Sept. 20, 7 p.m. 
Men's Golf 
-MC Invitational at Patrick 
Farm's Golf Club 
Sept. 20 

Last Week's Scores 

Men's Soccer 

L - Washington University 3-0 
W - Rust College 5-1 
W - Louisana College 3-1 
L - Mississippi College 2-1 

Women's Soccer 

L - LSU-Shreveport 2-1 

change for Majors volleyball 

Russell Turley 

Staff Writer 

Change is a word that will be syn- 
onymous with the 2005 edition of 
the Millsaps volleyball team. A 
new coach, a new system and a 
mix of impact freshmen with expe- 
rienced upperclassmen will all be 
featured this season, but because 
of unavoidable circumstances these 
changes have yet to be showcased. 

The Lady Majors were scheduled 
to see their first action at Freed- 
Hardman on Sept. 1. Due to the 
aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, 
however, their season was tem- 
porarily put on hold. Coach Matt 
Linebarger and a handful of his 
players remained on campus, put- 
ting in some extra time in the gym, 
but the full team was not able to 
resume normal practice times until 
Fri., Sept. 9. 

Although the season started in 
disarray, Coach Linebarger believes 
"the ladies are eager to get back in 
the swing of things." Freshman 
Andy Kutcher agrees, "The morale 
of the team is not any lower or 
higher than it was at the beginning 
of the season, and everyone is 
ready for the season to start." 

Without the opportunity to 
square off against Freed-Hardman 

for the first contest of the year, 
the team will have to face off 
against two conference foes in 
their first three matches as a unit. 
Originally, the Lady Majors were 
hosting a tournament the week- 
end of Sept. 23-24 including 
Hendrix College, Lyons College 
and Rhodes College. This tourna- 
ment has now been moved to 
Memphis via Rhodes College, 
because of the lack of hotel 
vacancies in Jackson due to 
Hurricane Katrina. 

These contests as well as those 
preceding this tournament, includ- 
ing the Rhodes Tournament this 
weekend, will give the team an 
immediate test to see if they are 
near the form that saw them finish 
fifth in the SCAC in 2004 and closer 
to the goal of a third place finish 
they have set for themselves. Coach 
Linebarger believes this is an attain- 
able goal because he feels everyone 
will be on the same page due to the 
new system being implemented. He 
says, "In a way everyone is a fresh- 
man, including me, because we will 
all be learning, adapting and grow- 
ing together. " If this holds true, the 
2005 season could be a special one 
for the women of the Millsaps vol- 
leyball team. 

Photo courtesy of Millsaps' website 
Coach Matt Linebarger works with Outside Hitter Ashley Weber as the 
Lady Majors prepare to begin their 200S season. Due to Hurricane Katrina, 
the season opener will now take place Sept. 1 7 at Rhodes College. 

"I have high expectations 
for our team. We had a lot 
of good athletes who grad- 
uated, but we have many 
interested students this 
year. I'll get them ready. 
They may not be like those 
that graduated, but there 
is still time to get them 

David Rop, 
Millsaps College Cross 
Country Coach 

Coach David Rop is now 
preparing the men's and 
women's cross country teams 
for their upcoming seasons. 
The two Millsaps teams will 
participate in the meet on 
Sept. 17 at Hendrix College in 
Conway, Ark. 

Major Football Athlete 


Name: Neil Woodall 
Position: Sophomore 
Height: 5 9" 

Hometown: Mandeville, La. 
! Major: 

! Business Administration 
i Future Plans: Take over 

father's graphic sales company 

— ' — : 


Caf Food: Chicken Parmesan 

Drink: Dr. Pepper 
Restaurant: Don't have one 
Band: Red Hot Chili Peppers 
Movie: "100 Kilos" 
TV Show: "ATHF" 
Sport to Watch: Football 

Woodall will start for the Majors as they take the field for the first time this season 
against Concordia on Harper Davis Field. Last season, Woodall averaged 8.5 yards per carry, 
scoring one touchdown for Millsaps. With a year of experience behind him, Woodall hopes to 
improve his numbers, helping to guide the Majors to a winning season. 


Purple & 

September 22, 2005, Volume 70, No. 3 JL 

Millsaps College 

Millsaps offers Major 
Bucks debit card 

Anansa Bailey 

Staff Writer 

Millsaps College has joined 
many colleges and universities 
across the nation in bringing about 
a student debit system. Introduced 
this summer, the Millsaps Bucks 
Debit card allows students to 
access money for the cafeteria, 
Kava House, or bookstore without 
the hassle of credit cards or cash. 

Parents, guardians, or students 
may call the Business office to 
place a minimum amount of $50 
on the Bucks card. After placing an 
optional amount on the card, the 
student has access to their money 
through their Millsaps ID card. 

The bookstore has reported 
some positive feedback regarding 
the card from some Millsaps 
students who have been using 
their Bucks account. Tremeca 
Thomas, the Accounting Clerk for 
the bookstore, believes "The card 
is a great idea. It is a way to make 
it easier for parents that did not 
have financial aid or student loans 
available to their children." 

One of the perks of Millsaps 
Bucks includes is that the card 

can be used to purchase both 
coffee and other items at the Kava 
House. "I really like it. I used it to 
pay for my books and I can use it 
to buy coffee in the Kava House so 
I don't have to use money" says 
sophomore Katie Tumminello. 

"It has been a long time getting 
a debit card system," explained 
Olivia White-Lowe, director of 
the Millsaps dining services. 
White-Lowe also explained the 
advantages of having a Millsaps 
Bucks card such as being able to 
make a purchase outside the meal 
plan for buying a family member 
or friend meals. 

Future plans for the Millsaps 
Bucks card include being able to 
make copies from copy machines 
on campus and purchasing items 
from the vending machines. 
However, the Millsaps Bucks 
Debit Card will only expand with 
student support. "I hope students 
will utilize the debit system that 
will give us more options like later 
hours and more debit advantages," 
says White-Lowe. 

Bucks continued on page 3 

Student Activities 

Photo by Jason Jarin 

On Tuesday, all of Millsaps' campus organizations set up displays in the Bowl to garner support 
for their organizations' causes this school year. New students were encouraged to attend as well 
as those just wanting to get a little bit more involved on campus. aims to help students save 

Tyler O'Hara 

Staff Writer 

A new website, designed 
specifically for Jackson, has the 
potential to help out both cash- 
strapped college students and local (www. is gearing up to 
launch on Nov. 1. This site allows 
consumers to find online coupons 
quickly and easily and provides a 
unique way for local businesses to 
advertise. is locally 
owned and deals primarily with 
other local businesses. The goal 
of is to create 
a network of Jackson businesses 
while providing local consumers a 
way to save money on a variety of 

different products for no cost. is part of 
The Saves Network, and will 
be the ninth city to have a local 
website. Harry Clegg Jr. and Pete 
Kucera, owners of The Saves 
Network, have a goal of making 
it easier for consumers to find 
the products they want, rather 
than have big businesses trying 
to reel in customers with endless 
television commercials. As the 
owner of, Desi 
Van Skiver shares these ideals of 
helping local consumers while 
offering effective advertisement 
opportunities to businesses in 

Van Skiver hope they will be 
able to help the numerous local 

businesses in Jackson. "Many 
smaller businesses can't afford big 
ads, but if you don't do something 
to promote yourself, you won't 
be noticed." says Van Skiver. 
"We want to be the way they are 
promoted." Adds Will, "This is a 
cutting edge kind of service, but 
the important thing is that it is 
locals helping locals." 

Van Skiver works closely with 
her husband Will on the project 
and the pair are excited about 
the November launch date. The 
couple is native to Jackson. 
Will works with his father as an 
independent financial advisor. 
Will Van Skiver's father, Ward, is a 
Millsaps graduate, member of the 
Millsaps College Estate Planning 
Council and serves as President 

of the Alumni Association. Desi 
has seven years of advertisement 
experience in television, radio and 
newspaper, and is finishing up her 
business degree from Belhaven 

With strong ties to Millsaps, is interested 
in involving Millsaps students. 
Joseph Cavalier, a senior at 
Millsaps and intern at Van 
Skiver Financial Services, has 
already gotten involved. Through 
his internship, Cavalier began 
learning about 
and became interested in helping 
out the business. Cavalier, helping 
in advertisement sales, is eager 
to tell other students about the 
website. "We have so many sites 
that so many of us go to everyday, 

because we have nothing better 
to do. Why not save some money 
doing it by visiting this one?" asks 
Cavalier. is set up to 
be as user-friendly as possible, 
allowing every consumer an 
opportunity to find great money 
saving offers. Millsaps junior 
Henry Crosby, who has already 
seen the website says, "Clipping 
coupons is outdated, but this 
seems easy and fast." Users of 
the site are able to print out the 
coupons directly from the site. 

Savings continued on page 3 

Campus answers the 
call of animals in need 

Megan Flowers 

Staff Writer 

During Millsaps' unexpected 
two -week break, many students 
and faculty found several different 
ways to help out in the relief effort 
for Hurricane Katrina victims. 
While many volunteers chose to 
help displaced men and women, 
others focused on the needs of the 
animals affected by the storm. 

One of the volunteers, junior 
John Forrest Douglas voices his 
opinion on the animal effort. "I 
thought that this was a much more 
productive way to spend my two 
weeks, rather than just sitting at 
home and watching the news," he 
says. "I felt guilty not helping the 
animals when I have the ability 
and the means to do so." 

In a shelter located in Gulfport, 
Miss., approximately 200 animals 
and one person taking care of 
them drowned from flood waters. 

The 87 animals that survived were 
shipped in a non-air-conditioned 
truck to a temporary shelter set up 
on the Jackson fairgrounds. When 
the animals arrived, Millsaps 
students and faculty were there 
ready to help. After they unloaded 
all 87 animals off of the truck, 
they were given to FEMA workers 
who decontaminated them since 
they had been infected by human 
waste from a sewage plant. The 
animals also received injections of 

They were then given to the 
volunteers who had to wash them 
a second time, build cages for 
them, give them water, feed them, 
walk them and comfort them. 

Senior Matt Vieron who 
volunteered says, "There were 
three kinds of people there: 
leaders, followers and people who 
got stuff done. We were the ones 
that got stuff done." 

Most of the animals were dogs, 

ranging from small lap-dogs to 
big shepherds and retrievers. 
Sophomore Beth Ann Baker, who 
also helped, said that all of the 
animals seemed very happy to get 
off of the truck. 

Dr. Elise Smith, one of the 
faculty members that volunteered, 
describes some of the animals 
she took care of. "Many of 
them seemed in shock and were 
trembling the whole time," she 
said. "I remember one that lapped 
up the soapy water in the bathing 
area, before we could fill a bowl 
with fresh water, because he was 
so thirsty." After they were taken 
care of, the animals were shipped 
to a shelter in Birmingham, Ala., 
where they are now being prepared 
for adoption. 

als continued on page 3 

Photo by Megan Flowers 
Millsaps faculty and students helped some lesser known victims of 
Katrina over the break: pets now homeless due to the storm. 

Meet your SBA 
Executive Board 
and get involved 
on pages 6 and 7. 


Whether you're a 
big fish or not, learn 
how to stand out 
on pages 4 and 5. 

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Changes come to Millsaps and Jackson 

This week it's all about the new. New programs, new places and new projects for both the Jackson area and Millsaps. For the Jackson metropolitan area, there have been many new 
things, such as the growth of mini malls on Lakeland drive, or the arrival of new restaurants and venues to the North Jackson area. There's also been discussion of renovating older 
streets and businesses downtown. Mayor Frank Melton says that he has plans to restore the historic 'Farish Street' district and the King Edward Hotel. And don't forget about the plans 
to create a Riverwalk for the Ross Barnett Reservoir, set to open in 2007. 

For Millsaps, it's easy to notice what's new. First off, the new people: transfers from disaster areas have arrived on campus and have begun the integration process into the 
"Millsaps Bubble." In addition to new people, we also have new programs such as the Millsaps Cable Channel that premiered this week. But perhaps one of the biggest "new things" 
that many have yet to give much notice is the idea of the "Millsaps Bucks." 

Over the past few years, students have been able to use their meal plan options in either the Caf or the Kava House, but we always had to eat from a set menu. If we wanted to 
buy other items such as hot wings or club sandwiches, we had to use cash. Now for the first time we are able to use our ID cards and many students are not even aware of how big a 
step this is. Our ID cards have basically become debit cards, an idea that is long overdue, when compared to other schools such as Jackson State University. 

For years now, students there have been able to use their ID card (or a "Super-Card" as it is referred to) not only at their school but all over the city of Jackson at places such as 
Church's Chicken, Red Arrow and grocery stores. As long as they have money on the Super-Card, whenever they use the card around the city, the money is taken from the school 
account. Talk about convenience. Perhaps this new "Millsaps Bucks" program is the first step for a Millsaps Super-Card. 

Toddlers and terrorism 

Eric Sumrall 



I was watching CNN Headline News the other day, and they ran a 
story about an eleven-month-old boy who, along with his mother, was 
prevented from boarding a plane because the name on his passport 
matched a name listed on a terrorist watch list. After three hours and 
several phone calls to verify the authenticity of the boy's passport, he 
and his mother were allowed to board another plane. Are toddlers really 
a threat to airports? Unless we have developed a new Huggies High 
Explosives brand diaper, what threat could a toddler pose? Aren't there a 
few prerequisites to becoming a terrorist like, oh I don't know, being 
able to say the word "terrorist," being tall enough to reach the door 
knob to the cockpit door or being able to walk-that's right walk-onto an 
airplane? There is only one toddler who could possibly be a threat to an 

airport: Stewie from "Family Guy." 

Stewie the baby genius with the British accent, an extensive and 
sometimes profane vocabulary and designs on conquering the world is 
the only toddler who could possibly be a threat to an airport. I know air- 
port screeners and security personnel have tough jobs, and I respect 
them for doing their jobs the best that they can. But unless the toddler 
you are preventing from boarding the plane has a British accent and a 
talking dog named Brian, let the kid get on the plane, please. 

A lot of people simply complain without offering solutions, but I 
would like to suggest a solution that has been developed by someone 
else. Bill Maher, comedian and host of "Real Time" on the now unavail- 
able HBO channel, advocates the addition of Secret Service agents to air- 
ports, agents trained to recognize threats and evaluate body language. 
One of these agents would have been able to quickly evaluate the situa- 
tion and send the little boy and his mother on their way. 

According to the CIA World Factbook, the U.S. has 5,128 airports with 
paved runways, and many of them are not in major cities. Regardless, to 
fund a four-person team of Secret Service agents (one for each eight 
hour shift in one day and an'alternate) would require $196,000 per year 
($49,000 average salary per agent as detailed by the Bureau of Labor 
Statistics). All 5,128 would not require a team of agents, but if they did, 
the bill would come out to about one billion dollars. That is a lot of 
money. But when you consider that the Deptartment of Homeland 
Security has a budget of nearly $34 billion, it seems like a fair price for 
safe airports and less unnecessary profiling. If it still seems like too 
much, remember that, apparently, more and more dangerous children 
are being born everyday. 

Yes, I'm a freshman 


Miriam Gray 

The freshman experience is one of excitement, nervousness and over- 
whelming activities. Last month, I arrived on campus carrying all three 
emotions. I was excited to meet my roommate, nervous to leave my fam- 
ily and overwhelmed by the quick transition from high school to college. 

Moving into the dorm was quite easy because people with smiling faces 
unloaded my belongings and took them to my room. Once my roommate 
and I settled in we did a little cleaning. I soon left campus to have lunch 
with my family. Then I returned to face the much anticipated, but over- 
whelming Welcome Weekend schedule. 

From 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. freshmen were lectured about the Millsaps 
Handbook, residence life and the purpose of Foundations. Saturday was 
pretty good, but Saturday night was even better. Why? The skits about col- 
lege life were awesome. Well, I plan to never take the walk of shame. Also, 
I am sure no one will be complementing me on a tan, unless they see my 

I slowly ushered myself into Sunday morning, with great skepticism, 
toward the foreign language placement tests. The singing of "This Little 
Light of Mine" at the Interfaith Service relaxed me. My main concern on 
Sunday was yearbook photos. During the lunch and yearbook photo peri- 
od I met with my Foundations leaders and group members, who are a per- 
fect match. They are all sharp and laidback at the necessary times. I 
entered the laidback mode for Cosmic Bowling, because there was noth- 
ing sharp about my game of gutter balls. 

Monday morning I received my decal and headed to the Business Office 
to finish registering. I then met with my academic advisor who complete- 
ly blew me away with her enthusiasm. A second trip to the Business Office 
cancelled out my community service. This also happened with some more 
freshmen. Fortunately, this gave me a little time to rest. Later in the 
evening two girls gave me a heads up on the long, but ironically happy 
line at the ice cream social. Finally, I went to sleep with Tuesday on my 

Tuesday was the first day of class, and also the day when the class of 
2009 went down in Millsaps history. I arrived in the Christian Center 
fifteen minutes early for my first class. Of course, I went into the wrong 
classroom because I misinterpreted the room number. Luckily, the class- 
room was empty. After class I searched for something to wear at the inau- 
gural Fourth Night ceremony. 

I was excited when an upperclassman told me this was the first fresh- 
man class to have an inaugural celebration. Once the ceremony started 
and I heard these words, "To ourselves, to each other, and to this sacred 
community, we commit ourselves." I realized I was not alone in feeling 
excited, nervous and overwhelmed. Overall, my time here has given me 
a sense of welcome and the idea that academic survival is an everyday 

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Bring back HBO. 

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Students find alternatives as textbook prices rise 

Rob Stephens 

Staff Writer 

According to the National 
Association of College Bookstores, 
textbook prices have risen over 
60 percent in the past 10 years 
and almost 40 percent in only the 
past five years. Millsaps College 
Bookstore prices reflect this 
growing trend. 

Because of the high prices, 
the U.S. Senate asked the U.S. 
Government Accountability Office 
to research book prices. The GAO 
published a report confirming that 
students pay an average of $900 a 
year for textbooks. The GAO has 
also found that over the past two 
decades, college textbook prices 
have increased at twice the rate of 
annual inflation. 

Some senators such as New 
York's Charles E. Schumer have 
proposed plans such as tax 
deductibles for textbooks. 

Freshman Megan Wharton 
spent a lot more than she expected 
to on textbooks this year. "Efollet 
told me online that I could get all 
of my books used for $500, but 
when I got to the book store they 
told me that they had no more 
used books. I ended up paying 
$700 dollars!" 

Efollet is the business that runs 
the Millsaps bookstore and several 
other campuses bookstores as well. 
It has an online website which 
students can pre-order books and 
get them from the bookstore when 
they get to school. 

One reason that students are 
paying more for books is that 

companies are beginning to issue 
new editions more often than in 
the past. The GAO has found 
that over the past ten to twenty 
years, the average amount of time 
between new editions has gone 
down by a year to two years. 

When a new edition comes out, 
students can neither sell their old 
books back to the bookstore nor 
can students buy used editions. 
Senior Lindsey Greer says "I've 
noticed since freshman year that 
there is a new edition of my 
textbooks every year. The prices 
for the new editions are almost 
double what I could get for them 

The book industry argues, 
however, that there is a higher 
demand for new editions of 
textbooks. They believe that 
new charts, graphs, and other 
new additions to textbooks help 
students learn the material better, 
and therefore make new editions a 
must. Dr. Patrick Taylor explains, 
"Principles of Economics should 
be updated every three years to 
reflect recent business news that 
students can relate to easier." 

Another reason for rising 
textbook prices is that companies 
are including study guides and 
CDs with the books that increase 
the price; however, the case is 
often that students do not ever use 
the study guides or CD's that come 
with the book. Taylor says that he 
"does not require his students to 
buy study guides or CDs for his 
economics books because students 
will not use them anyways, even 
though they are great resources." 

Photo by Brad Hayes 

Senior Emily Maples looks to pay for a big purchase at the Millsaps Bookstore, amidst the rising 
prices of books burning holes through the college student pocket many are looking toward the web. 

Often times the bookstore 
will not buy back books that are 
lacking the included CD or study 
guide. Also, as Millsaps bookstore 
manager Kim Castile explains, 
"The bookstore does have a limit 
on how many books we can buy 
back, so sometimes we will have 
to give less money or not accept a 
book at all." 

A growing option to buying 
books new from the bookstore 
is buying them online. Several 
students have already employed 
this method of obtaining books 

in this fashion. Junior Chris Spear 
says, "I buy my textbooks online 
to stick it to the man. I don't 
want bookstores to have a lock on 
textbook prices." 

Sophomore William Benton 
has figured out that "prices for 
textbooks are much cheaper 
in other places in the world." 
Benton explained that publishers 
sell textbooks much cheaper to 
overseas companies, which is one 
of the reasons why books can be 
found so much cheaper online. 

Raymond Chang's eigth edition 

of "Chemistry" is available at the 
bookstore through Efollet for $153; 
however, it can be bought new 
from for $115. The 
same edition in softcover can also 
be bought new from independent 
sellers on Amazon for as low as 

However, the bookstore has its 
advantages over online buying. It 
is more convenient for students 
because it always has the correct 
book and is located on campus; 
students, such as freshman 
Caroline Massey agree, "It's really 

|Bucks continued on page 3 

Some students have a different 
view about Millsaps Bucks. "It is a 
good idea for parents who do not 
want students to have credit cards 
or check books to establish some 
responsibility, but I don't need 
another credit card." sophomore 
Antoinette Alexander says. 

Other universities around the 
state such as Jackson State and 

Mississippi State University also 
have student debit cards. The 
Super card is Jackson State's 
version of a student debit Card 
and the Money Mate is used at 
Mississippi State University. 

The Super Card and Money 
Mate allow students to purchase 
food and other items on and off 
campus. Students can use their 

cards at participating off campus 
places such as restaurants, beauty 
and barber salon, and bookstores. 

The Super Card even allows 
students to use their card at auto 
repair shops, drug and cell phone 
stores. While the Money Mate 
card allows students to use their 
card at gas stations, tanning shops 
and copying centers. 

"I think that the Major Bucks is 
a good idea but not as effective as 
[Millsaps] hopes, for: If I wanted 
to purchase something from the 
Caf, or the Kava House or even 
the bookstore it has the same 
purpose as the Major Bucks," says 
sophomore Harrison Wool. 

[Animals continued from page 3 

The remaining 85 to 95 animals 
in the Jackson Coliseum are all pets 
owned by evacuees residing there. 
Roughly fifty percent of the pets 
are from the New Orleans area. 
The number of animals influxes 
from day to day, depending if more 

animals are dropped off or picked 
up by owners. This service, which 
is free of charge, is provided by the 
Mississippi Animal Rescue League 
(MARL), the official agency of the 
operation. MARL has also set up a 
database at, which 

includes pictures of displaced pets. 
According to MARL, this database 
has been helpful in reuniting 
owners with their pets. 

The executive director of MARL, 
Debra Boswell remarks on all of 
the efforts. "We want to thank 

everyone who helped us and sent 
donations," she said. At this time, 
the agency's main necessity is 
financial. Money is needed for the 
building of a new shelter. Their 
address to send donations can be 
found online at 

pavings continued from page 3 

The site offers more than two- 
hundred-fifty different categories 
to choose from, allowing them to 
pick which kinds of businesses 
they want to see coupons for. Only 
active deals will be displayed on 
the website, so consumers do not 
have to worry about printing off 
expired coupons. For users who 

are only interested in the newest 
offers, there is a "new deals" link 
that will display only the most 
current coupon from Jackson 

Besides printing off coupons, 
options include emailing the 
offer to a friend or finding a link 
to the business' official website. 

Consumers who are still not 
satisfied will be allowed to submit 
a coupon request by filling out 
a simple online request form. believes in 
privacy and will not capture email 
addresses or ask any personal 
information that could lead to 
spam or pop-ups. 

Television and radio ads should 
begin in a few weeks, and there is 
a "nervous excitement", responds 
Desi. "We think this will be the 
newest and best way to advertise. " 
Adds Cavalier, "People don't want 
to shop for ads, they want to shop 
for deals, and you'll get a better 
deal with this site." 

Security Rep 

Aug. 28 Medical Emergency 

At approx. 1:45 a.m., patrol officers were 
dispatched to a residence hall. Upon arrival 
they observed a window was broken and a 
trail of blood leading into a nearby area. Two 
RAs informed the officers that a sophomore 
was taking a shower and that the blood was 
his. Officers found the subject in the bathroom 
wearing shorts and washing his hand, 
which was bleeding profusely. The "on-call" 
professional was called. He arrived in about 8- 
10 minutes, and then A.M.R was called. As the 
officer walked the subject out to the street, he 
asked what happened. He stated he believed 
that he had broken the window while trying to 
wake friends to let him in and in the process 
cut his finger. When A.M.R arrived, he told the 
paramedics that he had drunk 4-5 beers. The 
hand was treated, and he was escorted back 
to his room. 

Aug. 28 Fight 

At approx. 2:40 a.m., two patrol officers 
observed several students arguing and pushing 
each other on a porch of a fraternity house. 
Upon arrival, they discovered several students 
pushing, swinging and fighting. Officers 
separated the crowd and sent everyone back to 
their respective houses. 

Sept. 3 Fire 

At approx. 12:04 a.m., a lieutenant was 
escorting two female students back to their 
residence hall. He smelled smoke and observed 
smoke coming from a nearby area. Upon 
further investigation, three students were 
standing around a grill watching leaves, limbs 
and papers burning. An officer arrived and put 
out the fire with an extinguisher which was 
obtained by breaking a glass door on a fire 
extinguisher station. At first they all denied 
starting the fire. After further talking with 
them, a freshman finally admitted to starting 

the fire. He was asked to write a statement. 


Sept. 9 Theft-Petty Larceny 

At approx 10:30 a.m., the Lance vendor 
reported that someone had taken money from 
the snack vending machines. The money was 
taken from several machines on campus. The 
person or persons unknown probably had a 
key to get into the machines. 

Sept. 10 Unauthorized Party 

At approx. 12:40 a.m. patrol officers heard very 
loud music coming from a fraternity house. 
They also observed several people dancing in 
the common area of the house. Both officers 
entered the house and told the fraternity 
officers that all students that did not live there 
must leave. The member complied with their 
request. Two "underage" alcohol violations 
were issued and approx. 15-20 people left. 


WellsFest set for Sat, Sept. 24 

The 22nd annual WellsFest 
will be held Sat., Sept. 24, at 
JamieFowler Boyll Park, next 
to Smith-Wills Stadium on 
Lakeland Drive. The festival 
features nonstop music; arts 
and crafts shopping; silent 
auction and art auction; and 
a wide variety of children's 
activities in a family- 
oriented, alcohol- and drug- 
free atmosphere. Admission 
and parking are free. For 
more info call 601-353-0658 

Marc Childress and Iman 
Majors featured in opening 
of Arts & Lecture Series 

Arts & Lecture Series at 
Millsaps College opens Thurs . , 
Sept. 29, with its traditional 
salute to Southern writers, 
featuring Marc Childress and 
Inman Majors. The program 
will begin at 7:30 p.m. in 
the Recital Hall of the Ford 
Academic Complex. Tickets 
are $10 at the door. "Early 
Bird" reduced price season 
tickets for all seven programs 
will also be available for $45 
($30 seniors). 

Upcoming 18+ shows at 
Hal and Mai's 

The following shows 
will be 18+ in order to 
accommodate students. 
Son Volt - 9/21 
Blueground Undergrass - 

For more information visit 
www. Halandmals . com 


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Students get involved, build community 

Carter White 

Staff Writer 

Millsaps College, though well 
known for its academics, offers 
a close-knit campus community 
held together by a plethora of 
clubs and organizations. Groups 
on campus include religious 
organizations, Greek organizations 
and honoraries, groups centered 
on various community service 
projects and almost anything in 

Many students would probably 
not feel that they had obtained 
the full Millsaps experience if 
their college careers had only 
involved taking classes.' Junior 
Michael McKinney, who is the IFC 
vice-president of recruitment, the 
residence hall director of Bacot, a 
library special projects assistant 
and a member of the College 
Republicans, comments, "Part of 
the joy of going to Millsaps is the 
closeness to the community you 
derive from campus groups." For 
many students like McKinney, 
campus involvement beyond 
simply going to classes keeps a 
student connected to the College 

Aside from the clubs Millsaps 
offers, athletics play a large part in 
the lives of many students. Oghale 
Ighoavodha, a sophomore member 
of the soccer team and president 
of Phi Alpha Delta, the pre-law 
fraternity, says, "You might as 
well get your money's worth from 

The varsity athletics at Millsaps 
are no different than those at many 
colleges, as they are known to be 

demanding for participants, but 
worthwhile. Students also derive 
this reward from involvement with 
many other organizations. 

Senior Ashley Schettler, who 
is a Foundations leader, sorority 
officer, member of the Up Til 
Dawn Executive Board, the 
Judicial Council, the Campus 
Ministry Team and Project Yellow 
Ribbon, also feels strongly about 
campus involvement. She shares, 
"Campus involvement has been 
a great way to meet people who I 
normally wouldn't have met." 

Even at a school as small as 
Millsaps, students find it difficult 
to meet everybody just by walking 
to class every day. Every club and 
organization gives the opportunity 
for new acquaintances. 

This attitude might bewilder 
the student who doesn't think he 
or she has the time to engage in 
extracurricular activities. The key, 
some students assert, is good time 
management. McKinney advises, 
"You should figure out your 
priorities every day when it comes 
to balancing your time. " 

Ellen Trappey, coordinator 
of leadership and wellness 
education, reminds students that 
there are many options to choose 
from. "Not only are student 
organizations going to be present, 
but also community service 
organizations," she says. 

Students should be aware that 
extracurricular opportunities 
extend beyond our own Millsaps 
community and into the greater 
Jackson area, offering students 
many ways to find community 

May it be in athletics or 
extracurricular activities 

Photo by Jason Jarin 

the arts, Millsaps students venture beyond their books by balancing many 
with their already demanding schedules. 

Millsaps students ponder prevocational prospects 

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Neha Solanki 

Staff Writer 

After graduating from high 
school, the next logical step for 
most students is to attend a college 
and attain a degree in a field. 
Following that, many students 
choose to pursue graduate 
education. At Millsaps, there are 
three main prevocational groups 
for such students. 

Very recently, a new 
prevocational society was added 
to Millsaps' pantheon. A chapter 
of the Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law 
Fraternity International was 
introduced late last semester by 
sophomore Oghale Ighoavodha for 
undergraduates interested in law. 

"Phi Alpha Delta has many 
opportunities for students to see 
whether the law profession is 
the right career decision," says 
President Ighoavodha. 

Members gain the opportunity 
to listen to guest speakers and 

attend workshops that aid 
students in the quest to choose 
the right law school and LSAT 
prep vendors. Members will also 
have the prospect of participating 
on a mock trial team which will 
compete in the near future. 

Ighoavodha advises under- 
graduates, in the words of 
Johnny Cochran, "Preparation, 
preparation, preparation." He 
believes that this is a necessity 
in any career venture. "The 
new society has several goals 
in the coming year, including 
becoming established as a 
college organization and to help 
prepare prospective law students 
to succeed in the future," says 

Alpha Epsilon Delta is a pre- 
vocational group for students 
interested in the medical field. 
This society is set up to network 
people together who are interested 
in the same discipline. It also helps 
a student learn the "ins and outs 

Photo by Rob Stephens 
There's nothing fishy about sophomore Jonathan Webb's stuffed 
rainbow trout. Many Millsaps students house their own room rari 
ties in their dorm rooms, from ethnic musical instruments to Easy 
Bake Ovens. 

of the medical profession," says 
senior Gunter Cain, president of 
Alpha Epsilon Delta. 

The society presents numerous 
opportunities for undergraduates 
to facilitate their understanding 
of the medical field. Senior 
Brad Greenhaw, vice president 
of the medical society, advises, 
"[Prospective medical students 
should] get [their] feet wet and get 
some health-related experience. " 

Alpha Epsilon Delta often works 
with Beta Beta Beta, an honorary 
biological organization. Cain 
explains that the two organizations 
will work together on community 
service projects such as Habitat 
for Humanity and other helpful 
ventures in the coming year. 

Other opportunities in Beta Beta 
Beta include listening to speakers 
such as medical students, doctors 
and admissions officers from 
the Louisiana State University 
and University of Mississippi 
medical schools. Dr. Steve Case, 

the associate' dean for admissions 
and the chair of the admissions 
committee at UMC, has been 
known to meet and talk with the 
group about gaining entrance to, 
medical school. 

For those inclined toward 
animal health, a pre-veterinary 
group exists as well. This program 
was developed due to the lack 
of guidance with admissions 
requirements for veterinary 
school. According to senior Liz 
Blanche, co-president of the pre- 
veterinary society, not all classes 
needed to enter veterinary school, 
such as nutrition, are even offered 
at Millsaps. Many students have 
to go to a state university or 
community colleges to take such 
classes. Prospective veterinary 
students contend that a society 
such as this is necessary in order to 
help interested freshmen prepare 
for veterinary school. 

Co-president, senior Amanda 
Duplantis says, "It's a good 

opportunity for students interested 
in a career in animal sciences to 
work together and make it easier 
to pursue their goals." 

All of the money raised through 
fundraisers done by this society 
goes toward the Mississippi Animal 
Rescue League. Blanche says, "It's 
so hard for MARL to take in the 
thousands of dogs that they do, so 
we give them all the help we can 
because before us, they had no 
other help for fundraising. " 

"We're also planning to 
have a Halloween pet show to 
raise money for the Mississippi 
Animal Rescue League," 
explains Blanche. Many events 
are planned in the future of this 
recently-developed club. 

The new Phi Alpha Delta 
chapter and pre-veterinary society, 
along with Alpha Epsilon Delta, 
will make Millsaps students even 
more prepared for the challenges 
of their chosen careers. 

Gems lie among dorm decor 

Rob Stephens 

Staff Writer 

August heat, sweaty students 
carrying a hodgepodge of room 
items and, of course, proud U- 
haul trailers killing sweet summer 
grass clutter Millsaps on the day 
christened "Move-in Day." Each 
year there is trendy decor that 
students have picked up on - the 
aggressive Siamese Fighting Fish, 
the bright squishy Crocs or the 
cancelled Vera Bradley Seaport 
Navy print luggage collection. But 
on occasion, one can find a truly 
unique ornament crucial to the 
function, design or even essence 
of a room. These items are worthy 
of the title "room rarities. " 

Most college students attempt 
the decorative room rarity. A 
prime example of a quality rarity 
is sophomore Jack Boettcher's 
picture/poster collection which 
includes a black and white shot of 
the Piggly Wiggly supermarket, a 
fan on a popsicle stick with Elvis' 
picture on it and a poster that is 
captioned "Save your breath. Wear 
your respirator," bearing a strange 

respirator-wearing man. Boettcher 
comments, "I found the poster in 
a warehouse storage closet. They 
were just going to throw it away, 
and I thought it was rather funny 
so I took it." 

Some room rarities are 
essential to the aura of their 
owners. For example, sophomore 
Jonathan Webb has a five-foot, 
stuffed rainbow trout named 
Wilson in his room. "He's my 
cuddle buddy," Webb explains 
as he grasps the fish. Webb has 
been attached to his aquatic pal 
for more than a year. 

Another example is sophomore 
Petra Vackova's Indian drum. 
"When one plays the drum, they 
feel as though they are one with 
it. It's like trying to reflect what's 
inside of you," she explains, "it's 
like the tempo of your heart. . . you 
relax and the drum becomes whole 
with you." She also says that the 
drum creates a sort of aura around 
the musician. 

As well as rarities which make 
the owner feel more comfortable 
in the room, there are those which 
make visitors feel more welcome. 

One such example is senior J.P. 
McVaugh's four refrigerators and 
type K-3 universal potentiometer. 
"I have 15 different types of 
soda... the potentiometer makes 
toast," McVaugh remarks. 
McVaugh denies claims that the 
potentiometer actually measures 
the difference between electric 

The room of freshmen Katie 
Lewallen and Elizabeth Sooby 
also features unique machinery - 
- an Easy Bake Oven. This room 
rarity comes with a massive 
plastic spatula, small cooking 
pans and several powdered meals. 
Lewallen and Sooby say that the 
Easy Bake Oven was the one thing 
they felt was needed in their room. 
They went on to brag, "We plan to 
have Easy Bake Oven parties and 
seduce boys with our goodies. " 

Students always bring various 
items to make their rooms feel 
more homely, but only a select few 
bring items that can be deemed 
true room rarities. 


New editions don't fall far from tree 

Kyle Doherty 

Features Editor 

Every college student knows and 
fears it: the dreaded new edition 
textbook. Each new semester 
brings a slew of them. The very 
sight of their shiny covers and 
new forewords promise exorbitant 
prices and an extra effort to 
preserve their pristine conditions 
for the end of the semester. At 
that point, the student attempts 
to recoup some of their loss by 
selling them back to the store only 
to find that an even newer edition 
has been released, making the old 
book with its obsolete foreword 
and outdated cover graphic 
completely worthless. Therefore, in 
order to keep the Millsaps student 
body abreast of the new wave of 
cutting edge textbooks, the P&W 
presents a new edition roundup to 
help familiarize students with the 
new books. 

The Visual Arts: A History, 
Seventh Edition 

A great shock to many visual 
arts fans will be the new seventh 
edition of this Heritage classic. 
In a jarring change, the pleasant 
zoomed-in painting of a woman 
has changed into a photo of 
Constantin Brancusi's sculpture 
Bird in Space on a bright blue 
background. Some would advise 
carrying this book in an opaque 
bag to avoid blinding passers-by. 

"It's very bright... very blue... 
Caribbean blue!" shouted history 
professor and noted pigment 
enthusiast Dr. Sanford Zale. 

When asked what Bird in 
Space means to him, Zale replies, 
"I don't know. I'm not a fan of 
modern art." 

Besides the cover, the only other 
obvious change is the addition of a 
new final chapter: "Into the Third 
Millennium." Perhaps in keeping 
with the cover's glaring post- 
modern edge, this chapter is rife 
with odd-looking buildings, avant 

Students live, 
work under 
constant stress 

Debbie Rigney 

Staff Writer 

Whether they are freshmen or 
seniors, college students at some 
point in time deal with stress. 
Wood and Wood's The World of 
Psychology defines stress as "the 
physiological and psychological 
response to a condition that 
threatens or challenges a person 
and requires some form of 
adaptation or adjustment." Stress 
can be caused by many things, 
including environment, society, 
health, and school. 

According to Dr. Janis C. Booth, 
director of counseling and wellness 
services at Millsaps, there are 
three distinct stages of stress with 
distinct symptoms. The first stage, 
excitation, is accompanied by 
minor psychological and physical 
symptoms such as accelerated 
heart rate. 

The second stage involves 
energy conservation. The sufferer 
becomes apathetic and withdrawn. 
The final stage, exhaustion, is 
accompanied by more severe 
psychological and physical 
symptoms such as depression and 
high blood pressure. 

Why are college students so 
stressed out? 

"One of the biggest stressors is 
change," says Booth. Freshmen go 
through the most obvious change 
transitioning from high school to 
college, but students in general 
suffer because of this. 

Students rarely have the same 
routine everyday. A routine is 
difficult to maintain with different 
classes each day and other 
activities such as athletics and 
clubs demanding time. 

Students can also add to their 
stress by putting pressure on 
themselves. Worrying too much 
over one exam or holding oneself 
to too high a standard can further 
the problem. 

Even seniors, who have had 
the most time to adjust, suffer 
from the stress of comprehensive 
exams, jobs, graduate school and 
the anticipation of entering the 
"real world". 

Experts suggest that because 
of the effects of stress spiritually, 
physically, emotionally and 
socially, stress management is 
crucial. Booth suggests daily stress 
relievers such as listening to music, 
being with friends or keeping a 

journal to prevent becoming too 
stressed out. 

An important tool in preventing 
stress is time management. 
Breaking the habit of 
procrastination, however, can be 
difficult. Taking gradual steps to 
defeat procrastination is the key. 
Setting minor goals in preparation 
for a big exam or assignment is 
another strategy. 

Even with these precautions, 
students will more than likely 
become stressed. Rather than 
letting it build up, students are 
advised to deal with their stress 
with methods such as exercise. 
"I would encourage everyone to 
start an exercise plan," advises 
Booth, but admonishes to choose 
an appropriate exercise plan. 

Events such as the recent 
hurricane bring stress not only 
to those affected directly. These 
events bring on a stressful feeling 
of helplessness, especially with 
all the attention they get from the 
media. Newspapers, magazines, 
television and the Internet become 
filled with distressing images 
and disheartening statistics. It 
is important to take breaks from 
these images and find ways to 
overcome the helpless feeling. 

The National Mental Health 
Association (NMHA) recommends 
talking about these events to 
bring these stressful feelings out 
in the open and helping to show 
that others have these feelings 
too. It is important to remember 
to pay attention to both physical 
and mental health. Though it 
seems impossible, slowly trying 
to get back to normal is crucial. 
Volunteering or donating materials 
to those directly affected by tragic 
events can relieve feelings of 
impotence. The NMHA stresses that 
individuals should seek counseling 
rather than turn to destructive 
habits such as drug abuse. 

Millsaps students have their 
own unique ways of dealing with 
stress. "I go for a drive," says 
junior Nikki Hebert. Sophomore 
Sarah Castille shares, "When I'm 
stressed I watch a movie or go 
to sleep." 

Booth reminds students that 
she is available to work with 
them personally to overcome their 
problems with stress. Her office is 
located in room 338 of the College 

garde works of art (including a 
shark suspended in formaldehyde) 
and confusing explanations of 
their merit (the shark was a 
meditation on mortality). Beyond 
that, writers Hugh Honour and 
John Fleming decided to leave 
well enough alone. The same 
introduction by Anne D'Alleva 
from the sixth edition is preserved 
along with much of the topic order 
and accompanying pictures. 

Disadvantages: Painful cover 
art, a final chapter that probably 
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Eighth Edition 

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fiction meets science fact comes 
the latest edition of the venerable 
"Single Variable" series. Math 
students everywhere are excited 
about the boring old circle thing on 

the cover of the seventh edition's 
replacement by a hip new circle 
thing with a shiny gold background 
and inlaid holograms that change 
colors in the light. "Finally, I can 
bring bling to my mathematical 
thought!" sophomore math major 
Walton Lott exclaims as he is 
presented with the new cover. 

However, this dazzling new 
display of modern textbook cover 
technology isn't the only change 
in this giant leap into the future 
of mathematics education. The 
first few pages excitedly detail 
an exciting new service known 
as "Enhanced! Eduspace® Online 
Calculus." In this world of online 
poker, online journals and online 
dating, online calculus has finally 
been introduced. Now students 
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Some, however, find the addition 
extraneous. "I'll never use that," 
says mathematics professor Dr. 

Mark Lynch; "I like to just skip to 
the meat." 

As for the meat itself, professors 
should prepare for a surprise. 
While some students complained 
of the seventh edition's quaint 
notion of placing trigonometry 
notes in the back and geometry 
notes in the front, the extreme new 
edition is turning this conventional 
approach on its head and putting 
geometry notes in the back and 
trigonometry notes in the front. 

While many students who 
favor trigonometry may appreciate 
the change, Lynch expresses 
reservations. "There shouldn't 
be so many new editions," he 
complains, "They don't change 

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The Life 

Get to know the SBA Executive Board 

Chris Robinson 

Staff Writer 

Many students are aware of the 
Student Body Association (SBA) 
and the fact that Millsaps has a 
student senate organization- but 
do you know the members of 
the executive board? They have 
spent numerous hours over the 
summer in the SBA office, but 
doing what? What type of things 
do they have planned for this 
new school year? 

Senior Theon Johnson, a 
religious studies/philosophy 
major from nearby Canton, Miss., 
serves as the president. Lauren 
Lippincott, a senior accounting 
major, hails from Tupelo, Miss., 
and serves as 1 st vice president. 
The 2 nd vice president spot is 
occupied by Brad Yakots, a junior 
political science major from 
Atlanta, Ga. Brent McCarty, a 
junior from Meridian, Miss, 
double majoring in chemistry 
and history, occupies the office of 
treasurer. This group is rounded 
out by Ashley McPhail, a junior 
business/ political science double 
major from Houston, Texas, who 
occupies the office of secretary. 

The group is excited about 
the upcoming year and eager 
to share ideas with the campus. 
"Numerous leaps and bounds 
have been made on this campus 
in the past two or three years 
with student government," says 
Johnson "We plan to continue in 
that tradition." 

All five of the officers agree that 
their most important and most 
difficult goal is to increase the 

amount of student participation 
in campus events. "The student 
body is the life of this campus 
and the [executive] Board 
wants to put policies into effect 
that show the students we are 
working for them," says Yakots. 
While the overall goal will be to 
increase student participation as 
a whole, each officer also has a 
few individual goals in mind. 

Johnson is particularly excited 
about the campus pride initiative 
put into place by last year's 
Senate. This initiative will get 
students involved with the 
beautification of their campus, 
and will hopefully reduce the 
trash problems on campus. 
This semester, first vice-president 
Lippincott's primary focus will be 
the Senate standing committees. 
She hopes to get more students 
involved in these committees 
than ever before. "I want students 
to know that even if you are not 
elected to the Senate you are still 
welcomed, and encouraged, to 
join a committee," she says. 

Yakots, whose biggest job is 
managing the various elections 
and appointments of students, 
hopes that the Internet voting 
system will continue to increase 
the number of students who are 
voting each election. 
"Right now we have thirty four to 
thirty five percent of the student 
body voting," muses Yakots. 
"I would realistically hope for 
around forty five percent." 

Treasurer McCarty hopes to do 
a better job with the way SBA 
budgets this year. "We want to 
find the most appropriate and 

Photo by Jason Jarin 

The Kava House offers alternative dining options for students on 
the run, such as freshman Darrington Lancaster, or for those who 
are tired of the busy atmosphere in the Caf . 

Submitted by the SBA Executive Board 

The SBA Executive Board (1 to r: President Theon Johnson III, Secretary Ashley McPhail, Second Vice 
President Brad Yakots, First Vice President Lauren Lippincott, and Treasurer Brent McCarty) have 
plans for another busy year representing the student body and accomplishing even more than before. 

useful way to spend students' 
money," he asserts. This focus 
on budgeting will allow the SBA 
to spend more on events that 
students want to attend. 

Secretary McPhail is intent 
on relating to the students that 
elected her and the rest of the 

officers. She wants to make sure 
that everything SBA does relates 
to the students. McPhail realizes 
that "We have to have more 
input [this year] from the student 

These five students make up 
the executive board of the SBA, 

but they don't accomplish goals 
on their own. It requires effort 
of the student body too. Senate 
elections are today and tomorrow, 
and these officers are looking for 
a group of students to help them 
change Millsaps for the better. 
They hope to see you there! 

Alternative dining 
attractive to students 

Chelsea Lovitt 

Staff Writer 

There it stands. Below the 
thriving activity of the Millsaps 
student center, the historic cave- 
like Kava House is the place to 
go when you're on the run, tired 
of Caf style chicken parmesan 
or you're hung over and simply 
don't want to see people. 

"The Kava House at Millsaps is 
an institution for the burn out 
alternative," says sophomore Jon 
Bellish. And perhaps he's right. 
A student's Caf creations can 
only go so far. 

In addition, the sometimes 
overwhelming atmosphere of the 
Caf can cause some individuals 
to want to seek refuge in a more 
subdued dining area. "It's a fun 
place to eat when you want to get 
away from the chaos of the Caf," 
freshman Kevan Beth Tucker. 

The Kava House is also noted 
for the simple convenience factor. 
Many students who reside off 

campus use the Kava house as a 
place to hang out. Senior Amber 
Davids, an off-campus student, 
prefers to hang out there between 
classes because her house is too 
far from campus. "I do buy lunch 
there sometimes but I also like to 
bring my lunch from home." 
Davids says that she also believes 
the Kava House offers a better 
deal for your money. "It's much 
faster than going out for food and 
it's pretty cheap too. I feel like I 
get a good deal." 

With the new development of 
"Millsaps Bucks," students will 
now be able to enjoy more than 
just turkey on croissant or tuna on 
wheat. Senior Tiffany Hammond 
likes this new idea because it 
allows her to order food that is not 
normally available on the meal 
plan. "It's a fast and easy way 
to buy food instead of handling 
cash," says Hammond. 

Thanks to this new innovation 
students will be able to use their 
Millsaps IDs like a debit card 
to purchase meals from a more 

expansive menu. Hammond, 
whose favorite food from the 
Kava House is the "major club," 
will now be able to order her food 
with a simple swipe of her card. 
"It's perfect for me when I'm on 
the go." 

In addition to fast food and a 
place to relax between classes, 
the Kava House also serves as a 
great host for various campus 
events, including the annual CMT 
Ice Cream Social, Karoke and 
game nights and even Spanish 
language lunchtime events such 
as Tertulia. 

But what seems to attract most 
students to the Kava House is the 
service. Not only is the food fast, 
but so are the servers. Millsaps is 
a college community known for 
its service and it doesn't stop at 
the Kava House. 

Sophomore Antoinette Anderson 
says that she believes that the 
employees always offer to help 
you. "I like Teddy- he's really 
friendly. And he always keeps 
you laughing." 




•Jackson Celebrity Ballroom 
Dancing Benefit, Mardi Gras 
Dance Club 

•Rev. Jeff Mosier & Blueground 
Undergrass @ Hal & Mai's 
10:00 p.m. 

Friday 9/23 

•Jimbo Mathus Knock Down 

South @ The Joint 
•Young Agent Jones @ WC 


Saturday 9/24 

•Enursha @ WC Don's 10:30 

•Great Belhaven Neighborhood 
Market 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

•Brick Street Player's presents 
"Nunsense" @ Old Clinton Jr. 
High 7 p.m. 

Sunday 9/25 

•Brandon's Black Rose 
Theatre presents "Little 
Shop of Horrors" 2 p.m. 

•Disney on Ice presents 
"Finding Nemo" @ 
Mississippi Coliseum 

•Gluckstadt German Festival 
@ St. Joseph's Catholic 
Church 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Monday 9/26 

•New Stage Theatre presents 
"Noises Off" 7:30 p.m. 
•Auditions for Black Rose 
Theatre's production of 
"Rumor" 7 p.m. 

Tuesday 9/27 

•Blues Jam @ Shucker's 8 p.m. 

- 12 a.m. 
•DJ Sam Brown @ Executive 


Wednesday 9/28 

•Swing de Paris 9 p.m. - 12 

•Tina Diamond, Jackie Bell 
and other Blues Divas @ 930 
Blues Cafe 8 p.m. 

Thursday 9/29 

•"Jazz, Art and Friend" @ 
Mississippi Museum of Art 6 
- 9 p.m. 

•Lyric Lounge Open Mic Night 
@ Santiago's 9 - 11:30 p.m. 

I PA ^ C 7 • THURSDAY • September 22. 2005 'THE P&W T= 

The Life 

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Students offer hair tips for hot and humid weather 

Becky Lasoski 

News Editor 

No matter what length your hair 
may be, the steamy Mississippi 
weather can still take its effect 
on even the best style. Since hair 
care is constantly being updated 
and changed for every season, 
even in the late summer and 
early fall months, a few Millsaps 
students have offered a couple of 
style ideas of their own. 

To begin with, make sure hair 
is in good condition. Junior Susan 
Mixson agrees, "Great hair starts 
with a little trim. Split ends are 
never attractive." 

Styling is the next important 
step. "This summer I've been 
trying a lot of different styles with 
my hair. I found a great tip in a 
magazine that helps you achieve 
the Jessica Simpson look," says 
Junior Briana Travelbee. 

"You take two inch sections 
of your hair and twist them from 
tip to root. Then, use a curling 
iron to curl the twisted sections. 
After hair is curled use pomade 
to separate the curls and spray 
with finishing spay." Travelbee 
says the result is wavy, relaxed 
hair. "I use this style when my 
hair already looks a little messy, 
especially when I've just rolled 
out of bed." 

Wearing hair all the way up is 

an easy way to keep cool in the 
heat. Ponytails and braids are 
usually the best way to keep hair 
looking elegant. 

Junior Jessica Sanford has 
tried making her ponytail a little 
more graceful by wrapping a 
strand of hair around her ponytail 
and securing it with a bobby pin. 
However, this style does not tend 
to last long "It looks cute when I 
first fix it, but often times it falls 
out by the end of the night," adds 

For a cute "half up, half down" 
look follow these simple steps 
from Senior Kelly Giorgio. After 
combing hair, pull hair half 
up and secure with a barrette. 
Then, scrunch the pulled section 
forward and pull out a few strands 
around your face. To finish the 
style, simply use hair spray. The 
result is a style that has a little 
"poof" for added dimension. "I 
have really thick hair that loves 
humidity so it likes to poof on its 
own anyways," says Giorgio. 

Using the right hair products 
during the summer weather is just 
as important as finding the right 
style. A few campus favorites 
include Aussie's Calm That Frizz! 
and Biolage products. 

"I've started using a news 
shampoo called Keratase. It's 
supposed to make your hair more 
shiny and smooth. I am also 

Photo by Jason Jarin 

Humidity is not a problem for sophomore Petra Vackova. When it comes to hairstyles and heat, 
short seems to be the way to go. 

taking a vitamin, called Biotin, 
to help strengthen my hair," says 
Junior Courtney Costello. 

Staying in the South during 
the summer complicates the hair 
situation even more. Sophomore 
Jessica Clincy from Louisiana has 
two simple solutions to solving 
hair woes: "blow drying hair 

straight and then flat ironing it." 
Why is it harder for girls in the 
south to keep cute styles? "Oh, 
that's easy," says Clincy. "The 

Boys are not excluded from the 
hair problems either. Oily hair 
can be a real dilemma for males, 
especially after sweaty workouts. 

"I keep my hair manageable in the 
heat by washing it with Dial bar 
soap before shampooing. It keeps 
it from getting too oily during the 
day. I wish my fraternity brothers 
would use products for oily hair 
too," adds Junior Bryan Sexton. 

Channel 1 8 comes in clear: new campus cable 

Tyler O'Hara 

Staff Writer 

This year, when students 
plop down on their futons with 
remotes in hand, they will find 
something besides static on 
Channel 18. The new Miflsaps" 
cable channel, which premiered 
this week, is bringing information 
and entertainment to all students 
campus wide. Due to Hurricane 
Katrina, equipment for the 
channel was delayed, and the 
channel did not premiere on its 
originally scheduled date of Sept. 
1. Rather than start the channel 
the week classes resumed after 
Katrina, the school decided to 
wait a full week to begin airing 
movies and announcements. 

Millsaps has had the capability 

for the cable channel, courtesy 
of Time Warner, for years, but 
because there was no office 
to sponsor the channel, the 
equipment was sent to storage. 
The equipment went unused 
until recently, when Dr. Rushton 
Johnson, assistant dean of 
Student Life, inquired about the 
operation of a Millsaps channel. 

Johnson, who has previous 
experience with closed circuit 
television, thought it would be a 
good idea to put the technology 
to use. On behalf of the Division 
of Student Life, he accepted 
the role of sponsor, setting the 
project in motion. Johnson 
and the Millsaps Student Body 
Association then purchased a 
movie license from Residence 
Life Cinema, the closed circuit 
system branch of Swank Motion 

Remember to make 
your campus-wide 
announcements on the 
new Channel 18. 

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Student Life front desk today!!! 


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Pictures, Inc. 

Swank Motion Pictures, Inc. 
founded in 1937, is a popular 
company and national distributor 
of films and entertainment 
across college campuses. The 
company serves as a studio 
agent, representing numerous 
^Hollywood studios, such as 
Warner Bros., DreamWorks, 
and Paramount. Residence Life 
Cinema actively rents films and 
the necessary copyrights for 
college campuses to broadcast 
them on campus cable stations. 

The Millsaps cable channel 
will run a different set of 
movies each month. In addition 
the channel will also provide 
information about campus 
events and activities. This will 
cut down on the large number of 
e-mail announcements students 

receive each day. "At least now 
my mailbox won't be shut down 
with [activity announcement] 
emails that I'm too lazy to 
delete," admits Millsaps junior 
Mark Trahan. 

Millsaps' film contract is for 
eight films per month, a deal 
comparable to the number of 
monthly new releases at most 
video rental stores. The resident 
advisors will be in charge of 
the movie selction process each 

Millsaps senior Katie 
Anderson, a resident hall director, 
says that she believes the movie 
selections are diverse. "There are 
some pretty neat choices", she 

There are many other 
possibilities for the new cable 
channel, and other avenues are 

being explored. In the future, 
there could be programs devoted 
to Millsaps news or movies played 
for classes so that students would 
not have to check out movies on 
hold at the library. 

Student Body Association 
President Theon Johnson is 
excited about the new cable 
channel. "It will be a multi- 
purpose resource used to 
increase communication between 
all members of the college," 
expresses Johnson, a senior at 

Dr. Rushton Johnson adds, 
"Convenience is the major 
benefit to students. Information 
and programming at their 

Katrina breaks up students' fall freedom 

Hurrican Katrina gave students an early fall break two weeks ago after the Dean's Office was forced to cancel 
next month's usual break. Here's a sample of student adventures. .. 

"I played football. We had 
the 'Katrina Bowl' during 
the storm. We eventually 
got kicked off the field by 
Coach Van." 
-Tom Rinaldi 

"~ "I celebrated my 21st 
birthday. " 
-Kayla Ouellette 

"I hiked a mountain in Chat- 
tanooga, Tenn. Then we 
went sightseeing and got 
some rest and relaxation." 
-Julia Stewart 

"We never lost power so I 
had hurricane parties ev- 
ery night. " 
-Elizabeth Boteler 

"We went hunting in 
Coleman,Tx. We hunted 
dove and cooked it. I shot a 
12 gauge, a 20 gauge and a 
-Jessica Bowie 

"I went to St. Louis, Mo. to 
take a shower. " 
-Harrison Wool 

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In the Bleachers 

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The last two weeks of the 
Major League Baseball regular 
season are filled with more 
thrills, emotion and urgency 
than the culmination of any 
other of the major sports. Every 
year, races of a handful of divi- 
sions and the highly contested 
wild card are undecided until 
the final out of the 162nd 

Through the years, one-hit 
wonders like the 

Diamondbacks, Padres and 
Mariners have come and gone. 
Big time free agent signings 
have brought teams to immedi- 
ate prominence, but staying 
power has been infrequent. 
Although, through all of the 
parody in today's game, there 
have been two constants sur- 
rounding October baseball: the 
Atlanta Braves and the New 
York Yankees. 

For years these two squads 
have won championship after 
championship, and the playoffs 
have become routine. Braves 
fans have become spoiled 
because of regular season dom- 
inance yet aggravated and 
jaded by only one World Series 
victory in 13 consecutive play- 
off appearances. Yankee fans 
expect World Championships, 
making anything else unaccept- 

It is no secret where my alle- 
giance lies. I am a hardcore 
Braves fan, tried and true. As 
Boston Red Sox General 
Manager Theo Epstein says, the 
Yankees are the "evil empire" 
of baseball, but it is a fact that 
October baseball would not be 
October baseball without the 
Yankees in the mix. 

As much as I love seeing the 
Braves win, watching the 
Yankees lose is just as enjoy- 
able, maybe more. Whether it 
is because of their $220 million 
payroll, their irritating fans or 
their maniacal owner, I loathe 
the Yankees. Generally, people 
fall into two categories: Yankee 
fans and fans of who the 
Yankees are playing. 

Ironically, my most memo- 
rable World Series moment is 
not the final out in October 
1995 when the Braves captured 
their only title. The most vivid 
World Series memory I have is 
the winning hit of 2001 's game 
seven when the Diamondbacks 
downed the Yankees. 

As it stands, if the season 
ended today, the Yankees 
would not be taking the field in 
October. They currently stand 
1.5 games behind the Boston 
Red Sox in their division and a 
half game behind the surging 
Indians in the Wild Card race. 
So please join me as I hop on 
the Yankee bandwagon for the 
final two weeks of the regular 
season. Furthermore, when 
they do make the playoffs, hop 
right back off with me. And, oh 
yeah, GO BRAVES! 

"It's always fun to score a 

few goals and win. 
Hopefully it will give us 
some momentum going 
into the Mississippi 
College game, against our 
cross town rivals." 

- Paul 

Van Hooydonk, 

Millsaps College 
Soccer Coach 


omen s 

The Lady Majors beat 
Louisiana College 6-0, 
bringing their record to an 
even 1-1. Unfortunately 
their momentum did not 
carry over. They lost to 
Mississippi College 4-1 
Tuesday night. 

Freshmen Majors shine in NCAA debut 

Ben Cain 

Staff Writer 

Freshman Marcus Harris made 
Concordia College take note of his 
arrival in college football. The rook- 
ie defensive back from Vicksburg 
had a hand in two spectacular plays 
during his collegiate debut, includ- 
ing the special teams play that pre- 
served the one-point margin of vic- 
tory for Millsaps. The Majors foot- 

offense responded with a quick 
scoring drive capitalized by a long 
run from Sophomore Eryc Lorino. 
Lorino, who replaced the injured 
Tyson Roy, worked his way into the 
end zone from 37 yards out to pro- 
vide the first of three Millsaps 
touchdowns. Senior center Connell 
Phillips credited the score to 
Lorino's running ability and a solid 
effort from the offensive line, 
explaining, "We did what we had to 
do. We knocked them down on the 

Photo by Jason Jarin 
Sophomore Running Back Eryc Lorino, out for the injured Tyson Roy, races 
past the Concordia defense on his way to the end zone. Lorino gained 1 4 1 
yards, scoring 2 touchdows in the Majors 24-23 win. 

ball team provided a highlight reel's 
worth of big plays during their 24- 
23 victory in this season's opening 
game against the Concordia College 

The talented freshman class 
introduced themselves to 
Concordia quarterback Ken 
Johnson early in the game when 
Harris pilfered a pass on the second 
play from scrimmage. The Majors 
defense proceeded to keep stifling 
pressure on the Hornets offense, 
coming up with the second 
turnover in the opening five min- 
utes of the game by recovering a 
fumble near midfield. 

Not to be outdone, the Majors 


The Millsaps secondary contin- 
ued to baffle Johnson throughout 
the first quarter as Junior Josh 
Hanna came away with the second 
Majors interception of the game. 
The Majors could not find their way 
into the end zone however, so 
Millsaps sent freshman kicker D.J. 
Mello in for a 36-yard field goal 
attempt. A problem with the snap 
however resulted in a Concordia 
player scooping up the loose ball 
and racing 74 yards for the score. 

Millsaps continued to pressure 
Concordia's offense in the second 
half. One of Senior Todd Rhoden's 
punts pinned the Hornets deep in 

their own territory. The Majors 
defense forced a three-and-out, 
allowing the special teams to capi- 
talize on the opportunity. A 
botched snap left the Concordia 
punter with no time to get his kick 
away, and Sophomore Ray Kline 
took him down at the 6-yard line. 

Again the Majors struggled to get 
into the end zone. Mello came on 
for another field goal attempt. 
Everything went smoothly this 
time, and Mello's first career field 
goal as a Major broke the 7-7 tie 
and boosted Millsaps to a 10-7 

After forcing a second consecu- 
tive three-and-out, Millsaps took a 
17-7 lead on a 59-yard scoring jaunt 
by Lorino. Concordia closed the 
gap to seven points with a field goal 
in the fourth quarter, but Millsaps 
responded with another touchdown 
when Sophomore Raymece Savage 
found freshman Matt Foisy wide 
open along the left hash. 

Faced with a 14-point deficit, 
Concordia went to their shotgun 
offense in an effort to get a quick 
score. The Millsaps defense forced 
a fourth and 19 situation, but the 
Concordia quarterback managed to 
find a receiver in the end zone to 
bring the game to a score of 24-17. 

Upon getting the ball back, 
Concordia drove the field. Johnson 
found a receiver in the back corner 
of the end zone for a score with 
2:43 left on the clock. Concordia 
needed just the extra point to tie 
the game, but a host of Majors, led 
by Senior Ross Rutledge and 
Freshman Marcus Harris, broke 
through the Hornet blockers and 
deflected the kick, which preserved 
Millsaps' 24-23 lead. 

Coach David Saunders expressed 
great pride in the way his team 
played, saying, "It is a great sign for 
our team to find a way to win 
despite the late momentum shift." 

This Saturday Millsaps faces off 
against local NAIA rival Belhaven 

Soccer team routs Huntingdon, 
look to University of Dallas 

Jonathan Giurintano 

Staff Writer 

Regrouping from a heart- 
breaking loss against rival 
Mississippi College, in which 
Choctaw Matt Fulton scored the 
game winning goal with one 
minute and forty-five seconds 
remaining, the men's soccer 
team again enjoyed the taste of 
victory, routing Huntingdon 
College (1-5) in a 4-0 win 
Saturday afternoon. 

"We went into the game with a 
positive attitude," explains sopho- 
more midfielder Heath Smith. "We 
knew that we had to get a win after 
the disappointing loss to MC." 

The Majors found themselves in 
trouble early, as Huntingdon was 
given a penalty kick 10 minutes into 
the game after Millsaps committed a 
foul within the eighteen-yard box. 
The Majors' fate rested in the agile 
hands of sophomore keeper Jake 
Milner. "The team was confident 
that Jake would save us," asserts 
sophomore forward Greg Groglio. 

As expected, Milner made the save, 
providing the Majors with a much- 
needed boost of enthusiasm. 

A humble Milner explains, "It 
was just a relief to measure up 
to my team's expectations." The 
Majors soon eased into a win- 
ning rhythm, as senior midfield- 

the Majors a 2-0 lead as they left 
the field for halftime. 

Throughout the second half, 
standout sophomore Sam Gay and 
freshman Anthony Amaya regulated 
midfield as Schmidt and fellow sen- 
ior Brent Blackburn added two 
additional goals in Millsaps' first 

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er Stuart Schmidt scored his 
first goal at the thirty-six minute 
mark. As the final seconds of 
the first half ticked away, 
Schmidt played a ball through 
the Huntingdon defense to set 
up Lee Pharr for the goal, giving 

shutout victory this season. 

As Milner explains, "Everybody did 
their jobs. The team showed up to play, 
and we took care of business." The 
Majors (3-2) will travel to Texas this 
Saturday to square off against the 
University of Dallas (3-2-1). 

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team by focusing on crisp execution 
and eliminating small mistakes. He 
asserts, "If we continue to work on 
our own game and correct the small 
mistakes, we can be competitive with 
anybody." Belhaven comes into the 
contest with a 0-2 record following a 
loss to NAIA powerhouse 
Georgetown College on Sept. 17. 

Major Calendar 


-Millsaps College vs. Belhaven 

Sept. 24, 6 p.m. 

Men's Soccer 

-Millsaps College at University 
of Dallas 

Sept. 24, 2 p.m. 

-Millsaps College vs. Belhaven 

Sept. 27, 7 p.m. 

Women's Soccer 

-Millsaps College at University 
of Dallas 

Sept. 24, 12 p.m. 

-Millsaps College vs. Belhaven 

Sept. 27, 4:30 p.m. 


-Millsaps College vs. 
Southwestern University in 

Sept. 23, 4:30 p.m. 

-Millsaps College vs. Trinity 
College in Memphis 
Sept. 23, 7 p.m. 

-Millsaps College vs. Rhodes 
College in Memphis 
Sept. 24, 1:30 p.m. 

-Millsaps College vs. Hendrix 
College in Memphis 
Sept. 24, 4 p.m. 

-Millsaps College at Mississippi 
Valley State 

Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m. 

Cross Country 

-Millsaps College at Jackson 
State Invitational 
Sept. 24 

Women's Tennis 

-Millsaps College at Women's 
ITA Fall South Regional, Emory 
Sept. 23-25 

Last Week's Scores 


W - Concorida, 24-23 

Men's Soccer 

W - Huntingdon College 4-0 

Women's Soccer 

L - Mississippi College 4-1 
W - Louisiana College 6-0 


L - Lyon College 0-3 
L - Rhodes College 0-3 
L - Belhaven College 

Men's Golf 

Major Volleyball Athlete 


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Name: Liz Blanche 

Class: Senior 

Position: Right Side Hitter 

Height: 6' 0" 

Hometown: Baton Rouge, La. 

Major: Biology 

Future Plans: Veterinary School 


Caf Food: Grilled Chicken Club 

Drink (in season): Propel 
Drink (out of season): Sour 
Apple Martini 
Professor: Dr. Lynch 
Band: The Rolling Stones 
Movie: "Anchor Man" 
TV Show: "Sex in the City" 
Sport to Watch: Basketball 

In her fourth season as a Lady Major, Blanche will face off in the Division #1 
tournament in Memphis this weekend. In 2004, Blanche had 39 kills and 12 digs for 



Purple & 

' 79 2005 Vnlum* 70 No. 4 

September 29, 2005,Volume 70, No. 4 

Historic Millsaps Christian 
Center cupola damaged 

Debbie Rigney 

Staff Writer 

Along with fallen trees and 
cancelled classes, Hurricane 
Katrina also brought damage to the 
Millsaps Christian Center. Students 
may have noticed that the cupola, 
that tower rising from the clocks 
of the building, is leaning. 

"The Christian Center 
[sustained] the most notable 
damage," says Vice President for 
Campus Services Todd Rose. 

"And the most expensive," adds 
Director of Maintenance David 

Some, like junior Alisha 
Hudnell, are even worried that 
the cupola may crash onto the 
building. "I noticed it right after 
the hurricane," she says. "It's 
really scary. I just hope it doesn't 
fall on a Tuesday or Thursday," 
says Hudnell. 

Despite student worries, the 
wooden cupola will not fall from 
its place atop the Christian Center 
unless it is hit with winds similar 
to Katrina's. Right now, it is held 
secure by metal rods. However, 
taking down the cupola will be 
very expensive. Because of its 

height, a crane, which rents for 
about $2,300 per day, will be 
necessary. An outside contractor 
will try to remove the cupola in 
one piece. 

Once removed, the cupola will 
not likely be replaced due to the 
fact that it is too expensive to repair 
and replace; the Christian Center 
will be torn down in the long-term 
campus plan. Instead, Campus 
Services is considering replacing 
the cupola with a copper dome or 
a fiberglass structure similar to the 
original cupola when they build 
the new building. 

The current cupola will serve 
as a piece of history after it is 
removed. It will likely be preserved 
and displayed as a testament to the 
vital and historical role it served at 
Millsaps College. 

The Christian Center was built 
as an academic building in 1950. 
It is 25,200 square feet, houses 
the theatrical productions of the 
Millsaps Players and is the place of 
classics, philosophy, and religious 
studies classes. 

Many historic events in 
Millsaps history have taken place 
in the Christian Center. Rose and 
Wilkinson recall when former 

President George H. W. Bush, 
then Vice President Bush, gave 
a speech in the Christian Center. 
Former Prime Minister of England 
Margaret Thatcher also spoke 
there. It has even housed a concert 
from a Grammy Award winning 
artist: '70s and '80s country 
and pop singer Juice Newton, 
who recently performed on the 
television show "Hit Me Baby One 
More Time." 

Wilkinson also points out that 
the clocks on the Christian Center 
have not worked since the 1980s. 
However, in 2001, the four clocks 
were set to correspond with the 
times that each plane crashed 
into the World Trade Center 
on September 11, 2001. "The 
hurricane winds changed the 
times," he adds. 

For now, most students do not 
seem too perturbed about the 
leaning cupola or the wrongly 
set clocks. "We have a leaning 
tower on campus," jokes junior 
Catherine Edwards. 

Sophomore Sarah Castille was 
not even aware of the damage 
until recently. "I didn't notice it 
for a while," says Castille. "I'm 
not worried that it will fall and kill 

Millsaps College 

Photo by Jason Jarin 
Due to Hurricane Katrina's winds, the Millsaps Christian Center's 
cupola suffered damage that may prove difficult to fix. 

47-year-old Jim Harper returns to the field, classroom 

Photo by Jason Jarin 
Jim Harper, a 47-year-old tight end for the Majors, is returning to 
the team after leaving school in 1978. His time with the team is 
being filmed and will be featured in a documentary. 

Tyler O'Hara 

Staff Writer 

The newest member of the 
Millsaps College football team 
is also the oldest. As a 47-year- 
old tight end, Jim Harper is more 
rookie than veteran. Despite his 
age and the fact that he has not 
played collegiate football in over 
twenty years, Harper is trying to 
catch passes as well as his dreams, 
all of it to be caught on camera 
as part of the documentary film, 
"The Walk-On." 

Jim Harper attended Millsaps 
for a semester in 1978 before 
family setbacks forced him to 
leave school and find work. 
Harper, however, never intended 
to call it quits. "I always intended 
to come back," says Harper, "but 
life happens, one year turns into 
10, all the way to 27." After a 
career that has taken him from the 
Marines to stunt work to owning 
a restaurant equipment business, 
Harper is ready once again to not 
only strap on the pads but to sit 
down in the classroom. 

As Harper watched the Millsaps 

football team play Trinity last 
season, memories and the old 
feeling of competition returned. 
Harper spoke with Millsaps 
athletic director Ron Jurney 
about returning, and in the spring 
contacted head football coach 
David Saunders about competing 

"I had the desire to play football 
and compete. I just want to be able 
to finish what I started," confesses 
Harper. Since then, Harper has 
been training with friend and 
former Auburn University football 
star David Langer. "He was my 
hero growing up," admits Harper. 

The idea to make a documentary 
about Harper's return to Millsaps 
was the idea of a friend. The 
idea was pitched to Tap Water 
Entertainment in Austin, Texas 
and the studio bought into it. Jim 
was contacted about the idea and 
was all for it. 

Tommy Mireles, director of 
"The Walk-On," believes it to 
be a compelling story. "The fact 
that someone at that age can do 
something that most 20 year olds 
have trouble with is amazing, and 

being a student-athlete makes it 
twice as hard, " says Mireles. "Jim 
is doing some incredible things on 
and off the field." 

Harper has a home, a wife and 
two children in Birmingham, Ala. 
He has plans to see them as often 
as he can, yet he acknowledges it 
is not the easiest of circumstances. 
With the cameras on him, Harper 
has a tough task ahead. "It's 
different. It's another layer of 
stress," admits Harper, "but 
Tommy is a very professional 
director. He makes it a lot easier. " 

As to how the rest of the 
team is adjusting to the cameras, 
"standard operating procedure," 
explains Coach Saunders. 

Sophomore defensive lineman 
Jacob B. White agrees, "They stay 
out of the way. It seems like they've 
worked with athletes before. " 

Harper has glowing remarks 
about the Millsaps coaching staff, 
but the art history major has equal 
praise for his teacher, Dr. Elise 

Harper continued on page 3 


Millsaps no longer receives popular 
movie channel; students upset 

Tyler O'Hara 

Staff Writer 

The Millsaps student body has 
had many issues to adjust to this 
semester. One of the adjustments 
students have had to make pertains 
to the loss of HBO programming 
through residence hall cable. 

After receiving HBO for several 
years, students have been confused 
as to why the school no longer 
gets HBO and question when it 
will return. "I miss watching a lot 

of the original shows and movies 
on there," says junior Elizabeth 

HBO was not part of the 
cable contract between Millsaps 
and Time Warner cable. Time 
Warner has mistakenly been 
providing HBO to Millsaps. This 
bit of information was news to Dr. 
Rushton Johnson, assistant dean 
of Student Life. "I didn't realize 
that HBO was not part of the 
contract with Time Warner," says 
Johnson. "I was not sure simply 

because everything was connected 
when I came here. " 

While HBO was not 
disconnected until recently, 
Millsaps had attempted to contact 
Time Warner Cable and alert them 
of mistake. "It was the ethical 
thing to do but Time Warner was 
unresponsive," explains Johnson. 
Last year when a student was not 
receiving HBO like the rest of the 
campus, there was an inquiry sent 
to Time Warner Cable. The call 
for assistance prompted an audit 

by Time Warner in the summer, 
leading to the disconnection of 
HBO in early August. 

Many students remain upset 
about the loss of HBO and are 
urging the school to bring the 
channel back to campus. "Yeah 
I'd like it back, so I'd probably 
pay for it to get it in my room", 
admits junior Brandon Haynes. 

The solution is not that simple. 
While Millsaps used to allow 
students to order whatever cable 
package they wished for their 

rooms, this caused a great deal 
of problems. "Our most recent 
agreement with Time Warner 
would be to simplify things. 
Whatever is ordered would go 
to the entire campus and its 
population," clarifies Johnson. 
"So you multiply the cost of HBO 
by every room on campus and it 
becomes a budgeting concern." 

HBO continued on page 3 

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Channel 18 signals long-overdue demise of e-mail mania 

Though the Millsaps experience of the class of 2009 will be largely identical to that of current upper-class students, one of the more burdensome aspects that the new freshmen may 
be spared is the College's borderline out-of-control distribution of campus-wide e-mails. While e-mail is certainly a very useful and beneficial form of communication, at times the 
campus has become overwhelmed with it; students often log in to find their inboxes overloaded and impossible to sort through. 

An important e-mail from a professor concerning a class assignment can easily become lost amid the clutter of announcements about an unbeknownst awareness week or an after- 
noon Frisbee match. The entire student body is often forced to receive a message that only a fraction of people actually care about. Some students simply opt to label the messages' 
distributors as 'junk senders' to avoid the hassle altogether. 

The new cable channel, introduced earlier this month, aims to alleviate the e-mail inundation by including rotating static advertisements for student organizations and events. 
Further, Student Life administrators have declared that their office will no longer be transmitting mass messages on behalf of students. In addition to the cable channel, the Division of 
Student Life has begun sending a student activities newsletter every Monday, a sort of 'digest' that condenses campus-wide announcements to one (albeit longer and larger) message. 
This curbing of campus-wide e-mails has been long overdue for Millsaps. 

But is it actually working? Many student leaders are already circumventing the new campus-wide e-mail embargo by merely soliciting a favorite professor to send the message for 
them. Some students don't seem especially enthusiastic about the cable channel either, and off-campus students cannot receive it at all. One improvement that could be made to the 
cable channel is the addition of some sort of music to the on-screen ads. This would make channel 18 a little livelier, something that students would be more likely to leave on in the 
background while doing other things in their rooms. 

Of course, certain campus-wide e-mails should still be sent out, such as recent announcements about lost items or problems incurred by the campus's computer network. A tighter 
rein, however, should be kept on less-urgent announcements that have been sent over e-mail in the past. Further, professors should not send campus-wide messages on behalf of stu- 
dents; this defeats the purpose of the cable channel and the weekly activities newsletter. With the arrival of channel 18 and the demise of e-mail mania, students may finally find read- 
ing their e-mail to be less of a chore. 

Hurricane relief came too little, too late 

Michael Franklin 


In Katrina's path of destruction, the only news coverage I found con- 
cerned Katrina and future hurricanes. In addition, the interviewees on 
many channels only wanted to blame someone for the destruction and 
the late relief responses. CNN and Fox News played the left vs. right 
blame game, and are now devoting their screens to finding missing peo- 
ple. I think this is wonderful; however, this was not a time to blame. It 
was a time to realize our country would now be fighting two battles: the 
ongoing war on terror and the instability that will come with recovering 
from Hurricane Katrina. So why are most news broadcasts lacking infor- 
mation about the war on terror? 

Did we forget that "hurricane season" threatens to destroy New 
Orleans and cancel Mardi Gras permanently every year? A few of 
Katrina's friends have wreaked havoc for longer than the National 
Weather Service has been around. Additionally, various scientific reports 
over the years also indicated that New Orleans would be devastated by a 
direct hit from a hurricane. So why did the media act as though the 
destruction was unexpected and that someone was responsible for let- 
ting it happen? How could someone try to blame the president for this 
unfortunate event? I wouldn't give him that much credit until I asked 
myself why I had not seen any recent coverage about the war in Iraq. 

I then thought sardonically of how our overqualified president would 
react to the more threatening axis of evil comprised of Katrina, Ophelia 

and Rita. President Bush seemed like he was unprepared and unwilling 
to help the victims of Katrina, but then he designated a multi-billion dol- 
lar relief fund. It makes just as much sense to throw billions of dollars^ 
into unspecified places as it does to preemptively attack an enemy. 
Maybe instead President Bush should respond to Katrina's terror through 
an anticipatory strike on all unstable weather patterns. He could have 
two other preemptive attacks with horrible consequences this one 
against hurricanes, mudslides, and monsoons. But who would be the 
ace of spades in this case? Would it be Mother Nature, God, Dick 
Cheney, or have the Chinese so greatly surpassed our progress in scien- 
tific technology that President Hu Jintao has funded the invention of a 
weather control device? 

There are roughly 140,000 Americans protecting our freedoms abroad 
in Iraq; 2,000 Americans have already died. We are being disrespectful 
to servicemen and women by only airing war news when more impor- 
tant stories like the recent travesties associated with hurricanes, the 
Natalee Holloway disappearance, and the drama of reality television 
have faded from America's short attention span. Does this kind of 
behavior show our soldiers who the enemy really is? Will our Marines 
fight for our "freedom" when they realize America cares more about cur- 
rent events than ongoing war on terrorism? A simple Google search 
reveals America's priorities. "Hurricane Katrina" yields 419 million 
results; "Paris Hilton" yields 21.4 million results; and "War on 
Terrorism" yields only 6.7 million results. If we are more concerned with 
who will win "Big Brother 15" rather than the war oversees, then why 
did we let it happen in the first place? 

We are in a billion-dollar affair as a result of Hurricane Katrina. This 
happened while we were already spending billions on the war on terror. 
We are letting our government viscously spend money on relief funds 
while NASA gets one percent of the budget to spend on revolutionary 
weather satellites. We allow monstrous sums be spent on a war eerily 
similar to the Vietnamese conflict while minuscule funds are used on 
education. Let us remember we elect our representatives directly and 
indirectly. We need to pay more attention to how our tax dollars are 
being spent. We have to ensure our country will brilliantly recover from 
both current disasters making peace with our enemies and ourselves. 

Lack of diversity among faculty 

Gwendolyne Ballard 


This is my second year at Millsaps, and most days, I love it here. 
Everybody is usually nice, and I feel like I am getting a good education. 
One thing has bothered me (and some of my friends) since I got here; 
Why is it that there are no African-American professors at Millsaps? 
Does anybody else find that weird? I know right now many people read- 
ing this are thinking that there is one, Dr. Iren Omo-Bare. No. Omo-Bare 
is African. His cultural experiences and beliefs, political and otherwise, 
are quite different from someone who grew up in America. What I mean 
is that there is no one at Millsaps, who has been exposed to American 
culture from birth. There is no one who was educated solely in 
America's education system. Even if Omo-Bare is to be counted, why is 
he alone? Is it possible that no African-American professors apply to 

Year after year, the number of African-American students at Millsaps 
increases. Shouldn't the faculty reflect that change? I know that most of 
the professors here are great. 

Dr. Kristen Oertel, my African-American-studies professor, does a 
wonderful job. She looks at things objectively from many perspectives 
and doesn't offend anyone despite the very sensitive subjects covered in 
the class. I don't think she could be replaced. I don't think she should 
be replaced either. What I am saying is that the faculty of Millsaps 
should reflect the diversity of its student body. I think that the American 
education system has produced many intelligent African-Americans who 
are perfectly capable of meeting all the standards required to become a 
professor at Millsaps College and could add to the excellent reputation 
that Millsaps has garnered. So why are there no African-American pro- 
fessors? Quite a few intelligent African- Americans, including Judge 
James Graves, who was an adjunct professor, have graduated from 
Millsaps. Aren't there African-American alumni who can teach here? 

I honestly don't think that everything is about race, but since 
Welcome Weekend I have been told how progressive and diverse 
Millsaps has become. I have been told about Millsaps' presence in the 
Civil Rights Movement and in other important events in history. I see 
the progressiveness (at least a little bit) in the student body, but not in 
the faculty. Shouldn't the faculty be a reflection of the diversity within 
the student body? I think that it would greatly benefit the student body 
of Millsaps to have people on the faculty with different perspectives and 
experiences. More (or at least one) African- American teacher could pro- 
vide that. I'm sure I am not the only person on campus to finds the lack 
of an African-American professor a little odd. It's just a thought. 


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In last week's article "Millsaps 
offers Major Bucks debit card", 
Harrison Wool said "I think that 
the Major Bucks is a good idea 
but not as effective as [Millsaps] 
hopes for. If I wanted to purchase 
something from the Caf or the 
Kava house, or even the bookstore 
it has the same purpose as ones 
credit card." 

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I didn't have it in 
high school, so I wasn't 
spoiled with it. 

Now I have to watch 
Sex and /Ae Gffy 
censored on TBS. 

Anna Allred, 

HolK Harmon, 

Oh great... another 
channel I will never 
get to watch. 

Anna Smith and Christina Hale, 

Photos by Jason Jarin 

I support bringing it 
back for Rome and the 

Cory Gilbert, 

I would miss it, but 
I still have it in 
the house. 

Thomas Richardson, 

Idem want It. 

Larry Penman, 

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Millsaps-Wilson Library undergoes renovations 

Megan Flowers 

Staff Writer 

Recent visitors to the Millsaps- 
Wilson Library may have noticed 
renovations that are currently 
being completed. New carpet, 
furniture and study rooms are a 
few of the major additions to the 
popular study area. "We want it to 
be the kind of place students want 
to be at," College Librarian Tom 
Henderson said. 

These renovations could not 
have been possible without the 
substantial gift recently given to 

the library. The donor, a Millsaps 
alumnus from the 1930s, saw 
this as a way to honor his wife. 
He suggested study rooms and 
a reading room, which greatly 
prompted the library to do it. "We 
certainly would not have made 
these changes without the gift," 
says Henderson. 

New study rooms were recently 
installed, which line the south 
wall of the library and can be 
closed off individually by thick, 
sliding glass doors. The rooms 
were built because of the lack 
of areas available for students to 

study in the library. 

Each new room is unique. 
Some have a TV, complete with 
built-in VCR and DVD players, 
others have a turntable, and in 
the future, some will have new 
computers. In addition, all come 
with new furniture supplied by 
a hired interior decorator. "It's a 
very nice comfortable place to 
do your homework," sophomore 
Jenna Feindel says. 

The microfilm room will be 
turned into a separate reading 
room, complete with new 
furniture, new lighting and a 

new bookshelf that will contain a 
collection of books donated by the 
patron. The library will start on 
the reading room as soon as they 
hire someone suitable to take on 
the job. 

Parts of the library that will be 
re-carpeted will not be worked 
on until the following summer. 
Henderson explains that it would 
be too messy of a project to 
initiate during the fall and springs 
semesters. However, he hopes that 
the majority of the renovations will 
be completed by the spring. At the 
completion, a special ceremony 

Harper continued from page 1 

"She's a wonderful professor 
and she helps me so much," 
acknowledges Harper. He adds, 
"This is a great school and the 
kids are great. When they get hit, 
they can explain the physics of it 
while falling down." 

As far as the team goes, everyone 
has adjusted well to Harper as 
well as the documentary, allowing 
the focus to now be on football. "I 
was surprised a 47 - year old was 
going to be playing and that they 
were making a movie, but he's a 
real cool guy and he's been doing 
good so far," says freshman wide 
receiver Cliff Taylor. 

That is very pleasing to Jim 
Harper but not surprising to coach 
Saunders. He nods his head and 
states matter-of-factly, "Once you 
put the uniform on it becomes just 

HBO continued from page 1 

Senior Matt Vieron and the 
Classics Club are doing their part to 
bring HBO to campus. They will be 
showing taped episodes of the hit 
HBO miniseries "Rome," Sunday 
nights at 9 p.m. in AC 215. 

Vieron and the Classics Club 
are also working on a petition 
to bring HBO back on campus. 
When asked how many signatures 
he is looking for, Vieron answers, 
"We're hoping to get enough to 
show there is a real need for it." 
He adds, "It is entertainment I 
realize, but it's also educational." 

The loss of HBO has been both 
surprising and disappointing 
to Millsaps students and at this 
time it is still unclear as to if the 
channel will be restored. Johnson 
expresses his regret in a campus- 
wide email, "We regret the timing 
of this disconnection but are 
grateful to have received that free 
service for the past two years. 

Meningitis Vaccine offered 
to Millsaps student body 

Debbie Rigney 

Staff Writer 

In February 2005, the Centers 
for Disease Control recommended 
that adolescents be vaccinated for 
meningococcal disease. College 
students, a group five times more 
likely to get meningitis, are urged 
by the American College Health 
Association to receive the 
vaccine as well. 

Although Millsaps 
does not require a 
meningitis vaccine 
for admission, Nurse 
Gretchen Blackston 
believes that very 
soon, all colleges will 
require students to 
get the vaccine. 

disease is caused 
by the bacterium 
Meningococcus and 
can be spread by close 
personal contact. 
A meningococcal 
infection works 
by infecting the 
bloodstream and 
the meninges, the 
lining of the brain 
and spinal cord. 
Meningitis literally 
means "inflammation 
of the meninges." 

Even though it is not required, 
sophomore Carmen Beck has been 
immunized against meningitis. 
"I'm glad I got it. I think it's a 
big problem. A lot more people 

are getting it and college students 
are dying from it. I do think it's 
important," says Beck. 

The symptoms of meningitis 
are very similar to those of the flu. 

and stiff neck. 
cautions, "Not 
who has a 
should think 
they have meningitis." Meningitis 
progresses much faster than the 
flu, and students should be really 
concerned if they are not feeling 
better within a week. 

Meningitis is rare. In the United 

States, approximately 2, 500 people 
are infected and 300 people die. 
Those who survive meningitis 
face brain damage, deafness, loss 
of limbs and kidney disease. 

Sophomore Sarah Castille has 
also been immunized. "I think it's 
a good idea, because it's better to 
be safe than sorry. I'd rather have 
the shot and be protected for 
several years than risk the chance 
of catching meningitis. It's not like 
it's a big deal," adds Castille. 

On July 12, Aaron O'Neal, 
a linebacker for the University 
of Missouri, collapsed after a 
work-out and died. The cause of 
his death was viral meningitis, a 
usually less dangerous and easily 
treatable form of the disease. 

Because the seriousness of 
the consequences of meningitis 
outweighs the rarity of the 
disease, it is important to take 
precautionary measures. It 
becomes . especially important 
for college students, due to the 
sudden close contact with so 
many people. 

The Wesson Health Center 
is offering to order the MPSV4 
vaccine for students which can 
provide immunity for three to 
five years. The cost is $100, and 
students should go to the Health 
Center to sign up. The cost can 
be charged to a student account. 
Because of the high cost of the 
vaccine, students who sign up for 
the vaccine will be charged based 
on whether or not the vaccine is 


Security Report 

Sept. 13 Indecent Exposure 

At approx. 1:15 a.m. two patrol officers were 
standing on the south side of campus when 
they observed two white males walk out of a 
fraternity house wearing absolutely nothing. 
The officers followed them to a residence room 
and asked them why they did it. Both guys 
said it was a joke, and they were imitating a 
movie. After they wrote statements, they were 
escorted back to their rooms and told not to 
come back out that night. 

Sept. 17 Student Rules Infraction 

At approx. 2:25 a.m., an officer heard some 
people on the front porch of a fraternity house 
arguing. He asked if there was a problem, and 
they told the officer that it was intra-fraternal. 
He told them to take the arguing inside. Five 
minutes later, he heard yelling coming from 
the street in front of the house. It was the same 
individuals who were arguing earlier. Again, 
he told them to take the noise inside or off 

One of the individuals (alumni) yelled, "He 
can't do anything to me." The officer told 
him that he would not be allowed to remain 
on campus with that behavior. He was also 
told that if he did not want to leave, it could 
be taken to another level. He stated that the 
officer could not intimidate him. Before the 
officer could explain what he meant, another 

student (a senior) stepped between the alum 
and the officer. The student was asked to move 
out of the way, and he refused. Another patrol 
officer was nearby and also told him to move 
(approx. 15 times), and he still refused. The 
student was asked for his ID, and he refused to 
give it until the officer told him that he would 
be arrested if he did not comply. He handed 
the officer his ID and was informed that an 
incident report would be written for "failure to 
comply." The officer explained to him that if 
he had not interfered, the situation would have 
ended a lot sooner. The officer also told the 
student that anything he wanted to say, to put 
it in writing and turn it in to a lieutenant. 

Sept. 18 Vandalism Property 

At approx. 2:20 a.m., officers received a call from 
dispatch stating that a senior had reported his 
residence hall window had been broken. Upon 
arrival, three window panes were observed to 
have been broken. The complainant stated that 
he was sleeping when the incident occurred. 
A junior, who was standing nearby when the 
officers arrived, approached the officers and 
stated that he had accidentally fallen into the 
window. When asked if he had hurt himself, 
he showed some minor cuts on his arm. He 
refused medical assistance. The officer then 
asked for his ID. When he said it was in his 
room, the officer followed him into his room 
(which was open) and observed beer in the 

room. Ten beer cans were confiscated and a 
quarter bottle of was bourbon poured out. A 
citation was issued for "Underage Alcohol." 

Sept. 18 Student Rules Infraction 

At 2:25 a.m., patrol officers observed about 
ten people on the front porch of a fraternity 
house, three of whom were in their underwear. 
They were yelling and cheering. The officers 
told them to go inside with the noise. They 
had been told earlier to stop the noise. When 
the officers left the house, the students were 
still on the front porch. At approx. 2:55 a.m. 
the same individuals that were on the porch 
were caught running across campus in their 
underwear. There were seven guys and none 
of them had their ID on them. The students 
were brought to the Campus Safety Office and 
a picture was taken. Also they were asked to 
write a statement explaining what they were 

Sept. 19 Theft-Petty Larceny 

At approx 12:45 p.m. a junior went to the first 
floor women's restroom in Olin Hall. She put 
her backpack on the vanity and entered the first 
stall. When she walked out, she noticed that 
her back pack had been moved. She looked 
inside and noticed her purse was missing. At 
approx. 3:15 p.m., a lieutenant placed a wheel 
lock on her vehicle. 

will more than likely be arranged 
commemorating the donor and his 

The nearly - completed rooms 
are now available to students. 
Circulation Supervisor Ryan Roy 
says that reservations for the 
new study rooms will not be 
necessary unless there is a great, 
overwhelming need for them. 
However, if space becomes a 
problem, groups are more likely to 
get a room over an individual. The 
individual will be asked politely to 
leave the room. 



Congratulations to 
the new Senators of 
the 2005-2006 Student 
Body Association 

Bacot District 

Philip Cortese 
Mohamed Hajj 
Katie Lewallen 
Kevan Beth Tucker 

Franklin District 

Brittany Hickman 
Caroline Myers 

Sanderson District 

Penny Bailey 
Ben Robichaux 

Galloway District 

Maggie Morgan 
Chris Stahl 

Cody Stockstill 
Chelsi West 

New South District 

Stephen Belden 
Holly Dickens 

Briana Travelbee 
Jordan Willett 

Ezelle District 

Alii Mattalino 
Ivana Ventic 
Jacob B. White 

Goodman District 

John Schettler 
Jessica Sutton 

Greek Row District 

Kyle Doherty 
J. P. McVaugh 
Jacob C. White 

Campus Wide 

Om Amin 
Emily Bruser 
Kate Jacobson 

Jason Jarin 
Drew McDowell 
Robert Parrott 
Chris Robinson 
Ryan Zagone 


Elizabeth Davis 


Amber Davids 


Lacey McMillin 

PAGE 4 • THURSDAY. September 29. 2005 'THE P&W 



Jackson music venues struggle 
between availability and liability 

Chelsea Lovitt 

Staff Writer 

If you have ever been to a 
typical bar and are under 21, you 
know the drill. You wait in line 
with anxious anticipation. You 
frantically glance at your fake ID, 
hoping the bouncer isn't watching 
as you memorize the birthday, 
address and Social Security 
number that you hope to recite 
to him or her with confidence. 
When it's finally your turn, you 
stare at the floor, hoping the vague 
resemblance between you and the 
person in the picture will fool 
that big, scary doorman with the 
power to determine whether or 
not you make the cut. 

According to Vice President of 
Campus Services Todd Rose, 60 
percent of the Millsaps student 
body is under the age of 21 . That 
leaves a majority of folks with a 
difficult task if they are into live 
music. The question of whether 
bars should pay mind to the fact 
that a vast majority of fans of their 
music is under 21 is an issue to be 

In Jackson, Miss., there isn't 
much else to do, in terms of the 
nightlife, except to hear music in 
bars. The question is whether or 
not it is as available as it could be. 
Downtown, the bar scene thrives 

off of the live music crowd. Hal 
& Mai's gets some of the larger 
shows and several local acts. W.C. 
Don's and Martin's cover the indie 
rock crowds. Fenian's caters to an 
eclectic, typically folksy jam base 
crowd with occasional random 
acts such as bag pipe shows. 

930 Blues Cafe takes control 
of the blues, jazz and subway 
style acts that have been around 
for years. Now that George Street 
Grocery has come to an end, The 
Joint is taking the rock bands which 
once frequented George Street. 

Moving "uptown," Headliners 
and Lagers both usually have 
cover bands big and small. And 
of course there are always your 
random smaller places and 
restaurants that will have one or 
two local acoustic acts. Besides 
The Joint, all of these venues have 
one distinguishing common factor: 
You have to be 21 to get in unless 
you catch a particular show on a 
special occasion that is 18 and up, 
which is pretty rare. 

Junior and member of local 
band The Rockwells Ben Buckner 
says, "I think that the bars are 
losing a lot of money at the door 
if they don't make it 18 and up. 
But from their point of view they 
don't want to run the risk of a 
minor ending up with a drink at 
their place, which could lead to a 

big fat fine or something worse. I 
can understand their reasoning I 
guess, but it really puts a damper 
on the things that college kids can 

Both sides can be considered 
here. Hal & Mai's booking agent 
Scott Dixon says, "It seems like 
we can't even get a good crowd 
unless we have music. " 

Millsaps alum Bryan Keller 
chimes in, "Hal & Mai's and 
several other bars here simply 
aren't 'pick-up' kinds of places." 

Dixon goes on to say, "I want 
kids to be able to hear music but 
the huge liability of a drunk 19- 
year-old getting into a car after 
they have left here and killing 
someone simply isn't worth the 
risk. Plus, shows are expensive 
to put on. Paying some of the 
bills with the booze income is 
a necessity to keep running." 
Dixon also adds that it seems like 
the younger crowd follows the in 
crowd. "A lot of the times kids 
will come and pay 12 bucks just 
to be where everybody else is." 

But is this the case? 

Sophomore and member of 
the up-and-coming indie rock 
band Enursha, Wes Hill, says, "It 
upsets me that many clubs won't 
allow the 18-to-20-year-old crowd 
in the doors, and it seems to me 
that they would be losing money 

by keeping a large portion of the 
college crowd out. I guess the 
owners feel that the liability of 
having underage drinkers on their 
premises is much greater than the 
money they would generate. It still 
sucks though." 

Senior Brad Miller, who manages 
the local hillbilly soul band Seth 
Libbey and the Liberals, says, 
"Whatever the case, not being 21 
can and will be a hindrance except 
at The Joint and a few other places 
that don't sell liquor." 

The argument that if you're 18, 
you can vote, be drafted and be 
charged with crimes as an adult 
could justify one to think that they 
should be allowed to drink and get 
into certain bars to hear a band. 
But the fact remains that the law 
restricts those who fall under 21. 
Whatever the case, the Jackson 
music scene still has its ups along 
with such downs. 

Hill goes on to say, "From the 
perspective of the musician, I 
would say that Jackson has a lot 
to offer for musicians. There are 
plenty of venues around the city, 
making it easy for an artist to find 
work. However, the musician who 
chooses to play his or her own 
songs sometimes may find it hard 
to book a quality venue and or 
play in front of a sizeable crowd." 

But one must also ask how 

often a crowd is legitimately 
sizeable. How often is a large 
crowd completely and legally 21 
years of age? 

When asked to describe how he 
felt about the music scene, Dixon 
replies, "There's an unbelievable 
wealth of talent. There are true 
musicians here. The quality of 
music is far better than a random 
California scene where fans have 
to really pick and chose where they 
can go to hear music. Here, the 
hospitality and support bands get 
compared to larger music scenes 
always opens doors for bands 
to really appreciate Jackson." 
Could this hospitality be from 
underage listeners? Would it still 
be legitimate? 

Ultimately, Jackson's music 
scene has the ability to cater to 
many genres. The age factor still 
presents a problem. College-age 
students are perhaps part of the 
population that appreciates music 
the most. The escape achieved 
by listening and connecting to a 
live band is one that is commonly 
craved by a college student trapped 
in certain constraining "bubbles." 

Both sides of the '21 + ' live 
music issue have reasonable 
outlooks. Finding the happy 
medium lies with one's ability 
to love and appreciate music 
regardless of age. 

Iron Board Sam fights 

, performs music in Jackson 

Neha Solanki 

Staff Writer 

Imagine walking up a narrow, 
darkly lit but brightly- colored 
staircase, hearing a stirring 
melody playing from somewhere 
and seeing several empty circular 
tables. It is late afternoon, and 
hardly anyone has come to the 
930 Blues Cafe. People come here 
to drink away their troubles and 
listen to musicians with names 
like Miss Sweetheart Jackie Bell, 
Willie King, Bobby Rush and KoKo 
Taylor, among others. 

Finally, meet Iron Board Sam. 
He smiles a toothless smile as 
he plays his Yamaha keyboard. 
He wears a hat on his head and 
his keys around his neck. While 
playing his music, he holds a 
conversation with the two or 
three people sitting and drinking. 
Looking at this old man, one 
wonders - why is he called Iron 
Board Sam? 

Iron Board Sam's real name is 
Sammie Moore. He was born in 
Rockhill, S.C. in 1939. Sam first 
learned to play the boogie-woogie 
on his father's pump organ. He 
played with many groups as a 
young boy and moved as far away 
as South Florida to form a group 
that played in many clubs in the 
surrounding area. In 1959, when 

he was playing in Memphis, he 
did not have legs to support his 
electric keyboard, so he used an 
ironing board to rest the keyboard 
on. Though he hated this 
nickname, he soon grew to accept 
it, and even started giving out free 
ironing boards at the clubs he 
used to play for. 

Iron Board Sam had many 
unusual ways of promoting 
himself. In March 1978, Sam 
attempted to play one of his gigs 
flying 1500 feet over New Orleans' 
Jackson Square in a hot air 
balloon. This had to be canceled 
when the winds were too strong 
for the balloon to stabilize. The 
next big promotion was filling a 
1,500-gallon tank with water and 
performing completely submerged. 
He debuted in 1979 at the New 
Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 
with this unusual underwater feat. 
"I went on the road to the tank," 
he explains, "But I found out the 
tanks were too big to get into some 
clubs. I worked some in Asheville, 
N.C., and then I moved back to 
Memphis. In Memphis, I played in 
Handy Park frequently and helped 
get Beale Street revitalized. " 

In 1991 , Sam decided he wanted 
to sing the Bible. At 66 years of 
age, he declares, "I will sing the 
Bible until I die." 

Never one for a modest 

existence, Sam lives by a poem 
that he wrote himself. The poem 
is a "war against the devil to bring 
peace, happiness and harmony 

forever on this planet earth." 

Iron Board Sam, also known as 
the "Human Jukebox" who once 
played on Bourbon Street and 

"The Ed Sullivan Show," is now 
available to all during Happy Hour 
at the 930 Blues Cafe. 

Photo by Chelsi West 

Local blues artist Sammie Moore, famous as Iron Board Sam, is still a regular performer at the 930 
Blues Cafe at 66, and plans to make music for more years to come. 

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Jackson rappers search for voice 

Drew McDowell 


In the last five years, hip hop 
has seen an explosion of new 
sounds originating from the South 
that are revolutionizing the hip 
hop community and the music 
world as a whole. 

Everyone who has been to a 
party, turned on a radio, watched 
television or even walked outside 
has heard the new sound that is 
emerging from the old South. 
Rappers hailing from Texas to 
North Carolina have been tearing 
up the airwaves and the charts. 

But why has Mississippi yet 
to chime in on the southern 
rap explosion? Why is it that 
Mississippi, the state that birthed 
the respective kings of blues and 
rock and roll, has not been able 
to make a major impact upon the 
genre of music that is arguably the 
purest combination of the former 

Local Jackson rapper and 
sophomore Stephen Brown sees 
a response to the crunk sounds 
of Atlanta and the slowed-down 
and chopped styles of Houston 
in the sultry rhymes of David 
Banner. Banner, the only native 
Mississippian to have a number 
one single on the hip hop charts, 
has literally been carrying the 
state's hip hop community on his 
back (he has a very intricate tattoo 
of the state's name across his 
shoulder blades) for the past few 
years. Brown comments, "There 
is too much separation in the 
Mississippi hip hop community. In 
Houston, if one guy makes it, they 
all make it. But in Jackson, no one 
is willing to work together to get 
some notable success outside the 
Jackson area. There is just a lack 
of unity in the community." 

Jackson rapper Kamikaze has 

rhymed in the greater Jackson 
area for most of his life. In 
addition to being a signed lyricist, 
Kamikaze is a contributor to 
the "Jackson Free Press" and is 
considered Mississippi's reigning 
rap historian. He views the rap 

is a lack of identity in sound. The 
club-rattling anthems that have 
been produced by the Atlanta rap 
scene for the past few years have 
become recognized worldwide 
(does "Yeah!" ring a bell?). Yet 
Mississippi has yet to find that 

"Even David Banner has yet 
to create a unique sound, he is 
just a very talented lyricist using 
sounds that were already popular. 
Mississippi has yet to find its own 

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"There are rappers who have to 
sound like one sound or another 
to become popular," Brown says. 

approach in defining Jackson's 
sound. "Jackson is a hybrid of 
sounds. We take the popular 
screwed and chopped sound of 
Houston and the crunk of Atlanta 
to develop an eclectic mixture of 

sounds unique to Mississippi," he 

Yet the more important task 
facing rappers from Mississippi is 
not to find their own sound, it is to 
create their own identity through 
their lyrics. The popularity of hip 
hop artists such as Kanye West, 
Common and Nappy Roots has 
given the South a voice that is 
not only is distinctive in sound 
but also unique in content. The 
popularity of hip hop artists 
relying upon the "money, guns, 
girls and cars" formula to make 
hit records is being rebuked by 
these artists who see their work as 
a social commentary. 

Brown believes that in order 
for Mississippi to become a major 
player in the hip hop scene, it has 
to stop relying upon other rappers' 
histories to make something 
meaningful. Brown believes that 
Mississippi has to go back to where 
in came from and tell the world of 
what it has been through. 

"Rapping about violence and 
cars is not what we in Mississippi 
are about," he explains. "Instead 
of talking about what Benz a guy 
bought, or when he is getting a 
Bentley, our rappers should instead 
focus upon the struggle for civil 
rights and the fight to end poverty 
to show the world that they have 
something distinct to say and that 
is it more important than what car 
you drive." 

Kamikaze takes the theory of a 
special history of the state to the 
next level. 

"Mississippians come from 
such a diverse history, our pain 
and history has been etched into 
our souls," he expounds. "Life 
is different in Mississippi, and it 
is going to take someone talking 
about that to start a rap scene 
with national recognition." 

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Musical creation springs eternal from Millsaps 

Catherine Schmidt 

Staff Writer 

The stages of Jackson locales 
such as W.C. Don's, The Joint, Hal 
& Mai's and Martin's showcase 
some of the most talented and 
original young musicians in the 
state and possibly in the region. 

In the middle of this community 
of musicians sits Millsaps, a 
haven for creative and inspired 
musicians who perform and 
create their audible art because 
it is simply what they love to do. 
Both Jackson and Millsaps remain 
just big enough for a variety of 
musical options and small enough 
for any passionate and determined 
musician to be noticed. 

For Andrew Rueff, a junior 
and bassist of the local band 
Champagne Heights, the Millsaps 
music scene remains stellar in both 
classical performances associated 
with the Bell Concert Series and 
faculty recitals and students' 

While he transferred from 
Belmont College, a school that 
specializes in music education, 
Rueff attests that his musical 
exposure at Millsaps has been 
far more rewarding than his 
experiences at Belmont. 

"Nashville is an incredible city, 
and there are big name bands and 
big shows every weekend, but you 
get tired of that; it's impersonal 
going to those shows," explains 

"In all honesty, the people that 
I know here at Millsaps are more 
impressive as far as their artistic 
abilities and creativity than people 
at Belmont. And the faculty here 
is one million times better because 
they care about what you're doing 
— it's about you and not just your 
future in the music business or 
industry. " 

Meagan Malone, a freshman 
music major and pianist, has 
experienced in the past few weeks 
a similar sense of Millsaps as a 
muse to pursue her music with 
more determination. As the child 

Photo by Jason Jarin 

Millsaps alum Walter Young and junior Jim Henegan started making music here on campus as part of local rock band Alexander's Dark 
Heart; they are one of the many musicians that inhabit the Millsaps campus. 

of two musicians, Malone has 
been surrounded by music her 
entire life and has spent 12 years 
refining her piano skills. The 
tight-knit group of music majors 
at Millsaps has allowed Malone 
to interact with people who have 
the same interests and ambitions, 
making her more devoted to 
practicing her instrument. 

One concern of senior guitarist 
and pianist Travis Scharr is the 
lack of space for on-campus bands 
to practice. Since setting up a 
drum set and electric guitars in a 
dorm room would be improbable, 
musicians who participate in 
a band have virtually no place 
to practice unless they know 

someone who has a larger space. 
Scharr has proposed to Theon 
Johnson, president of the Student 
Body Association, that a room 
equipped with a drum set and PA 
system be set aside on campus so 
that students' bands have a place 
to practice. 

In fact, the recent lack of 
practice space has left A Black 
Medic, the creation of freshmen 
Bradley Nicholson and Mitch 
Carrington, virtually stagnant. 
"We practice at my house, which 
is about 25 minutes away," says 
Nicholson. "It's a pain because 
I don't want to go home on the 
weekends because I have so much 
fun at school, and we all study and 

have jobs and other activities. So 
we haven't really had much time 
to decide on a time to say, 'Let's 
go practice.'" 

The local band Alexander's 
Dark Heart, comprised of studio 
art alumnus Walter Young and 
junior Jim Henegan, would have 
never come in to existence were it 
not for Millsaps. 

Young and Henegan bumped 
into each other in the Caf and 
started talking about the prospects 
of Henegan's replacing Katie 
Smith, who had recently left the 
band, as bassist. Not only did 
Millsaps bring the current band 
members together, but graduate 
student Katie Smith also inspired 

a name for the band. 

Alexander's dark band is a term 
used to describe the dark band 
between the major and secondary 
arcs of a rainbow. 

Thus, Millsaps has brought 
musicians together physically, 
emotionally and artistically. One 
thing that remains certain about 
Millsaps musicians is that they 
love what they do and remain 
genuinely devoted to the cause 
of the music rather than the 

"It doesn't matter when it was 
made... Good music lasts forever," 
declares Young. "Good music is 
made for reasons beyond radio 

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The Life 

of the 

Chelsi West 

Life Editor 

So, this week, the best of 
the best can only be found 
in one place. I'll give you a 
chance to guess. It's the place 
where many college students 
spend their free time, the 
activity that captivates your 
mind, controlling your focus 
for six, eight, even 12 hours at 
a time. If you haven't figured 
it out by now, it's TV. And oh, 
there are three things that you 
have to tune in to this week. 

Ladies, it's 6:59 on a 
Wednesday night and you're 
frantically searching for the 
remote. Why? "America's Next 
Top Model," of course. Okay, 
so maybe I thought it was too 
girly at first and I was almost 
ashamed to even watch it. 
But it's so easy to get hooked. 
The attitude, the style, the 
choices, the consequences, 
the drama - who can resist? 
Ladies, we're already two 
episodes into the season. If 
you haven't been watching, 
now is the perfect time to 
start. I'm sure someone on 
this campus can fill you in on 
what you've missed. 

Don't worry guys, I 
haven't forgotten about you. 
I could probably count on my 
hand the number of you that 
willingly watch America's 
Next Top Model each week. 
But that's okay, because with 
the football games scheduled 
this week, nothing else even 
matters. We've got plenty 
of great games, my personal 
favorites being P. Manning 
vs. Mcnair and Brees vs. 
Brady. Guys, and those girls 
interested, I'll be ready with 
my Sunday Ticket and iced 
tea. Join me! 

Now when it comes to 
something that everyone can 
enjoy, the answer is simple. 
What show seems to be the 
hottest talk of this season? 
For the first time in a while, 
it's actually something other 
than reality TV; it's "Law and 
Order: SVU," the only show 
where you can watch reruns 
and get so caught up in the 
suspense that you forget 
what's going to happen. You 
act as if it was the most intense 
show you've ever seen, even 
though you watched this 
exact episode three weeks 
ago. I know I sit in front of the 
television, refusing to leave 
even for the commercials. 
Something about it compels 
your attention, making you 
drop everything else and 
cheering with your cube or 
hallway as detectives Stabler 
and Benson chase criminals 
down the New York streets. I 
can't wait to see what's going 
to happen this week. Are you 

Bring That Back: SNICK 

If there is one thing you could bring back from your childhood, what would it be? Would it be a game, a toy, a movie? Well, with this new series 'Bring That 
Back', we're talking to various Millsaps students to see what they want to bring back. This week it's SNICK: Saturday night Nickelodeon! 

Becky Lasoski 

News Editor 

The ultimate duty for many 
kids of the early '90s was to watch 
SNICK on Nickelodeon every 
weekend. Asking the babysitter to 
pop the popcorn and curling up in 
your dad's recliner for two hours 
every Saturday night was almost 
as memorable as your first day of 
school or your fifth grade birthday 

"I grew up 
as a nerd; I 
didn't have 
any friends till 
the 11th grade. 
So, I definitely 
SNICK," says 
senior Billy 

in 1992, the 
first version 
included "The 
Adventures of 
Pete and Pete," ^ 
"Are You Afraid of 
the Dark," "Clarissa 
Explains it All" and 
"All That." 

The oldest show 
of the line-up, 
"Clarissa Explains 
it All," starred 
Melissa Joan 
Hart. This witty 
show focused 
on growing up 
as a teenager in 
the early '90s. 
Clarissa would 
about her life 
drama all in a 

"I thought Clarissa was pretty 
attractive. I think I had a crush on 
her in the fourth grade." admits 
junior Charlie Gordon. In addition 
to Clarissa, the show featured 
Clarissa's stuck up brother 
Ferguson ("Ferg-Face") and her 
best friend Sam. Sam, whose 

entrance was always marked by the 
banging of a ladder and thematic 
music, climbed in her bedroom 
window to talk to Clarissa about 
her problems. 

"I loved Clarissa because she 
had a pet alligator named Elvis 
in her room," expresses senior 
Shelley Jo Johnson. 

Another popular SNICK 
program was "Are You Afraid of 
the Dark. " This show seemed to be 
akin to the more adult "Tales 
from the 

that would illuminate the title," 
explains Johnson. 

Episodes from the show 
brought to life childhood fears, 
such as getting trapped in a mirror 
or hearing voices that no one else 
could hear. Titles of the episodes 
included "The Tale of the Laughing 
in the Dark," "The Tale of Jake and 
the Leprechaun" and "The Tale of 
Locker 22". 

"Those shows scared the 

mess out of 

Sure SNICK still 
early '90s? 

Promotional Photo 

runs every Saturday night, but does the quality of the shows compare to that of the 

tell the audience 
and explain her 
30 - minute time 

or "The Twilight Zone." A group 
of kids, calling themselves "The 
Midnight Society," met in the 
woods every weekend to tell their 
scariest stories. At the beginning 
of each story, the narrator would 
throw magic powder into the fire, 
causing it to flair up; then the tale 
would begin. 

"I especially remember the 
intra scene to Are You Afraid of 
the Dark'. It was a lighted match 

me. Looking back on it now they 
weren't that scary because they 
always managed to end the story 
right when things were getting 
intense," says senior Tom Brezina. 

Perhaps the highlight of a classic 
SNICK night was the live-action 
comedy-variety show "All That." 
This show featured sketches in a 
manner similar to "Saturday Night 
Live" and an earlier Nickelodeon 
show "You Can't Do That on 

Television. " The show had comedic 
skits, musical performances and 
guest appearances. The theme 
song for "All That" was performed 
by TLC. 

"I think it is ironic that Kenan 
Thompson now appears on the 
actual 'Saturday Night Live.' I 
most fondly remember him from 
the 'Everyday Quotes from Pierre 
Escargot' skit. He used to have 
this goofy French laugh he would 
do after each quote," says senior 
Bethany Santucci. "I also 
remember Lori Beth 
Denberg with her 
'Vital Information' 
skit. She always had 
a sarcastic remark 
to make about 
everything. " 

Examples of Vital 
Information from Lori 
Beth Denberg include 
such words of wisdom as 
"It's rude to cover a cow 
with glue and taunt it by 
saying 'Sticky Cow, Sticky 
Cow, OOOOOOO ! Sticky 
Cow!'" or "If you hang 
a turkey on top of 
your Christmas tree 
and it's the fourth of 
July, congratulations, 
you're a blonde!" 

"All That" is one 
of the only SNICK 
shows still being 
broadcasted. The 
show, now geared 
to "tweens," follows 
the same format. But 
most college students 
just can't seem to 
relate. "My 10 - year 
old cousin watches the current 
version of 'All That' and its just 
not that funny," says Santucci. 

The SNICK tradition may not be 
duplicated, but it will always be a 
cherished childhood memory for 
those of us who had cable. "Since 
I didn't have cable I never really 
watched SNICK, but I did watch 
TGIF In fact, I hadn't even heard 
of SNICK until five minutes ago," 
admits senior Shea Steckler. 

Millsaps alumni find jobs close to home 

Ace Madjlesi 

Staff Writer 

Many students eagerly await 
their "emancipation" from Millsaps 
College, the day in which they can 
kiss the Bowl and Student Center 
goodbye. However, for some 
graduates like Thomas Adams 
and Paige Henderson, Millsaps is 
not only an alma mater, but also a 
building block for their careers. 

Henderson, who graduated 
from Millsaps in May with a degree 
in political science, has already 
found a new niche at Millsaps 
as an admissions counselor, 
recruiting for east Texas and parts 
of Tennessee. 

For Henderson, this position 

has quickly become both a much- 
needed break and a foundation 
for a possible career future. "I 
do want to go to graduate school, 
but I was pretty busy during 
my undergraduate years, so I 
definitely knew I needed a break 
- and I would much rather work 
for a place I love, like Millsaps," 
Henderson says. 

In addition to being the Student 
Body Association president, 
Henderson was also involved in 
Chi Omega Sorority, the Campus 
Ministry Team and the Faith and 
Work Initiative. 

Henderson points out that this 
job has been really insightful 
as well. "I thought I would 
consider a job in higher education 
administration. Working with Dr. 

Lucas has been good for me to 
see her leadership and day-to-day 
dealings with this office. " 

Adams graduated in 2003 with 
a business administration degree 
and was a member of Alpha Phi 
Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Habitat for 
Humanity and the basketball team 
while he was a student at Millsaps. 
Adams is currently the interim 
director for recruitment, but he 
isn't finished with his education 
just yet. 

"I plan on pursuing a master's 
degree and then a Ph. D. in business 
administration," he says. Adams 
feels that this job has not been a 
break from his education, but an 
aide to it. "The business field is so 
broad, and this job has given me a 

more defined focus for a career." 

Adams possesses an obvious 
flair for his job. "I saw the position 
of admissions counselor as a way 
to reach students, and if students 
really want to be at Millsaps, 
we work really hard to get them 
what they need to be here. This 
job is really about educating a 
student about scholarships and 
opportunities," he asserts. 

While Henderson 
understandably avoids the Caf, 
both she and Adams agree that the 
best part of working at Millsaps 
College is the students. Adams 
comments, "I like being around 
all the students and being in such 
a lively environment. It keeps me 
feeling young." 


•Jackson Celeberity Ballroom 
Dancing Benefit, Mardi Gras 
Dance Club 

•Rev. Jeff Mosier & Blueground 
Undergrass @ Hal & Mai's 10 

Friday 9/30 

'Indie Rock Show @ Mississippi 
Realtors; proceeds go to Stewpot, 
6-9 p.m. 

•Dash Rip Rock @ Hal & Mai's; 
Red Cross Benefit, 10 p.m., $10 

Saturday 10/1 

•25th anniversary Farish Street 
Heritage Festival f/ Nappy Roots, 
Kamikaze, Eddie Cotton and more 
4:30 p.m. - 1 a.m. 

•Intermediate/ Advanced Modern 
Dance Class @ Belhaven College 
10 - 11 a.m. 

Sunday 10/2 

•Katrina Jam @ Hal & Mai's f/ 
Latinissimo, Buffalo Nickel, 
Andrew & Taylor and many 
more; Silent Art Auction in 
restaurant. All proceeds go to 
the Rebuild the Coast, 2 - 10 p.m. 

Monday 10/3 

»"B.B. King Treasures" by Dick 
Waterman, signing @ 
Lemuria Bookstore, 5 p.m. 

•Acoustic Open Mic @ Mellow 
Mushroom, 8 - 11 p.m. 

Tuesday 10/4 

•Open Mic @ Fenian's, 9 p.m. 
►Pub Quiz @ Hal & Mai's, 
8 p.m., $2 

Wednesday 10/5 

•Mississippi State Fair, 
through Oct. 16; gates open 
@ 5 p.m. unlimited rides, 
$18, parking $4 

Thursday 10/6 

•Fifth Annual Symphony @ 
Sunset Concert, on lawn of 
the Cedars Home; 
performing works 
from Andrew Lloyd Weber, 
Handel, Sousa, the Beatles 
and The Rolling Stones, 
7 p.m. 

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Millsaps dance team splits with style 

Carter White 

Staff Writer 

A new season of athletics begins 
with a change to the Millsaps 
dance program. Rather than just 
one group, Millsaps is now home 
to two separate squads, the purple 
squad and the white squad. 

It may seem odd that such 
a small campus community 
would have a need for two dance 
squads, but Cindy Strine, director 
of campus recreation, believes the 
change is necessary. "We have 
people with expertise in different 
styles of dance and we want 
everyone to have a chance to 
participate and look good." 

Recent Millsaps graduate and 
former member of the dance team 
Katherine Burch is leading the 
purple squad, which focuses on 
jazz. Burch acts as both the coach 
and choreographer. 

Junior Henry Waters coaches 
and choreographs the white squad. 
This squad, which is the larger of 
the two, focuses on hip-hop and 
funk routines. 

Jordan Willett, a sophomore 
member of the jazz squad, says, 
"The dance team split allows more 

people to perform because two 
squads allow dancers to display 
their diverse talents in the best 
way possible. 

"The split in teams may 
also prove to help the dancers 

"The split is a big challenge 
for the dancers because it 
involves advancing their skills 
through introduction to new 
choreographers, coaches and 
ideas. This will help the dancers 
to become stronger performers," 
expresses Waters. 

Another advantage of the 
split is the potential for more 
performances. "Sometimes we 
have a long half-time that needs to 
be filled. This way we can display 
two dances, rather than one," says 

The dance team split may seem 
like a division but does not truly 
separate the two squads. Not only 
do the coaches/choreographers 
work together, but the team still 
has some unified performances. 
Homecoming weekend will serve 
as the next combined performance 
of the squads. Until then each 
squad will be able to showcase 
itself at Millsaps football games. 

photo by Jason Jarin 
Junior Henry Waters coaches and choreographs the dance team's white squad, 
which focuses on routines funkier and hipper than your average foxtrot. The 
Dance Teams next planned joint performance will be at the Homecoming game. 

Crowds cook up Caf ' congestion 

Ace Madjlesi 

Staff writer 

Class has just ended. You're 
starving and the logical solution 
is to head to the Caf. Upon 
your arrival, however, you're 
dismayed to see lines flowing out 
of the doorways and tables filling 

For many students, this has 
become an all too familiar scene. 
Ben Anderson, a freshman, tells of 
a day when he waited in line for 
what felt like ages. 

Junior Amanda 
Paschall echoes 
Anderson. "There 
simply aren't enough 
seats to accommodate 
everyone. It's become 
such a hassle trying 
to get lunch from the 
Caf that I just avoid 

And yet there are 
those who seem not 
to have a problem 
eating a relaxed meal. 
"I ate dinner in the 
Caf last night, and 
there were only about 
15 people in there," 
says sophomore 
Roscoe Forch. So then 
what seems to be the 

Todd Rose, vice president for 
campus services, and Olivia White- 
Lowe, director of dining services, 
say it's all about the scheduling. 

"The busiest times for lunch are 
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 
around noon and Tuesdays and 
Thursdays around 11:30 a. m. This 
can mainly be attributed to class 
scheduling. Students always come 
to the Caf heavily during class 
changes," says White-Lowe. 

Another factor in the crunch time 
may be the fact that organizations 
have not yet begun to meet. White- 
Lowe points out, "In the beginning 
of every semester, especially fall, 
students come heavily during these 
times because they haven't yet 
gotten involved with organizations 

and are still trying to network with 

Students themselves may be 
playing a part in the uncomfortable 
crowds by adjusting the tables. 
In an attempt to create seating 
arrangements for large groups 
of people, students are actually 
making the problem worse. "As the 
tables are sitting right now butted 
end to end as the students have 
arranged them, 42 possible seats 
are lost," says White-Lowe. 

"If we'd wanted the tables 
arranged that way, we would have 

themselves out. "People will 
start staggering themselves at 
mealtimes as they get used to their 
schedules and there should be a 
natural evening out of the crowds. 
However, if this continues to be a 
problem, we will have to address 
it," promises Rose. 

In the meantime, Dining Services 
is doing its best to help out. Due to 
the popularity of the quesadillas 
served on Fridays, and the time- 
consuming nature of Philly cheese 
steaks, the latter will no longer be 
served on Friday in order to take 

Meals take longer than usual as students 
crowded cafeteria. 

Photo by Chelsi West 
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purchased longer [ones]," explains 

The size of the Millsaps student 
body does not seem to be an issue. 
"Our largest class in several years 
just graduated and we haven't 
really seen enrollment skyrocket," 
says Rose. 

Furthermore, there have only 
been 24 new additions to the 
meal plan since Hurricane Katrina 
transfers arrived. While the Caf 
has a seating capacity of around 
250, "We didn't really build the 
Caf to hold everyone at one time," 
adds Rose. 

Students, though, can expect 
to see change soon. Both Rose 
and White-Lowe agree that things 
like this have a way of working 

some of the wait time out of the 
Grille line. 

"With Dining Services, our first 
priority is our students. We focus 
on providing them with quality 
food and quality service," says 

And if you do find yourself 
stuck in a monstrous line with 
little choices as to where to sit, 
remember to be, above all other 
things, polite and understanding. 

"If we are all courteous and 
patient with one another, this will 
all work out fine. And I know 
Millsaps students are some of the 
most courteous and patient people 
in the world," says Rose. 







PAGE 8 • THURSDAY, September 29, 2005 • THE P&w], 


Majors running alongside Division I competition 

John Kellogg 

Staff Writer 

With two official practices under 
their belts, the Millsaps cross coun- 
try teams drove to the University of 
South Alabama on Sat., Sept. 16, to 
participate in the Azalea 
Invitational, their first race of the 
season. Having been scheduled to 
attend a race in Hendrix, Ark., the 
teams were instead forced to 
choose a last-minute alternate 
meet, due to budget constraints 
concerning their travel. Upon arriv- 
ing, they quickly found themselves 
among Division I runners from 
Jackson State University and the 
University of Southern Alabama. 

As if running against nationally 
ranked competitors was not over- 
whelming enough, there was also a 
miscommunication between the 
race officials and many of the com- 

petitors. It was not until an official 
yelled "500 meters to go" that the 
men's cross country team realized 
they were not running their stan- 
dard 8-kilometer race. 

"Apparently, the starter had 
mentioned this issue to some of the 
teams at his end of the starting 
line," comments sophomore runner 
Will Benton, "but we were at the 
other end. We did not realize the 
change until we were about 500 
meters from the finish line. " 

Not a conference competition, 
the Azalea Invitational served as 
good preparation for both the 
men's and women's teams. Upon 
finishing, the men's results were 
eligible for scoring, though the 
women's results were not because 
they lacked five runners, a qualifi- 
cation for being scored in a race. 

Despite their adversities, runners 
and coach alike were ultimately 
pleased with their results. "Having 

only practiced twice before the 
race, the team performed quite 
well," says new coach David Rop. 
"There is room for improvement, 

"I can't think of any 
time when Coach has 
said something that was 
not positive. He knows 
what he's doing, and it's 
fun running for him." 

-Will Benton 

but their times are getting better 
each week. They like running, and 
when you enjoy what you do, you 
are sure to do well." 

Returning to Millsaps, the teams 

set forth in their next week of prac- 
tice with the goal of improving their 
times. The week of Sept. 18 proved 
to be the first extended amount of 
time that runners and coach got to 
spend together. 

"It's hard to complain when 
your coach is doing the same work- 
outs as you are," remarks Benton. 
"I can't think of any time when 
Coach has said something that was 
not positive. He knows what he's 
doing, and it's fun running for 

Fulfilling a full week of practice, 
the Majors participated in their sec- 
ond race on Sat., Sept. 24. Located 
at Choctaw Trails in Clinton, Miss., 
the Majors again faced Division I 
competition, this time in the likes 
of Alabama State, Mississippi Valley 
State, Alcorn State and Tougaloo 
College, as well as Jackson State 

Though they gave it their all, 

neither team was allowed scoring, 
due to lack of runners. The men's 
team had only four runners com- 
pete, while the women had two. 
Notwithstanding their lack of scor- 
ing, coach and team alike remain 
remarkably positive regarding the 
future of their program. 

"We are a Division III team, not 
Division I," expresses Coach Rop. 
"The runners did a wonderful job. 
They are running with Division I 
competitors and keeping pace with 
them. "We are going to take the 
upcoming weekend off and train 
hard for the next two weeks. Our 
next meet will again be at Choctaw 
Trails on Oct. 8. I expect great 
things, especially since we will be 
facing our own Division III compe- 
tition." With the advantage of run- 
ning the same course in two con- 
secutive competitions, improve- 
ment is expected from the Majors. 

Hurricane Rita cancels game for Lady 

Majors; season continues regardless 

Russell Turley 

Staff Writer 

Photo by Jason Jarin 
Sophomore Julia Fell and the rest of the Lady Majors faced off 
against the Mississippi College Lad Choctaws on Sept. 20. Millsaps 
lost the game 4-1. The Lady Majors following game against the 
University of Dallas was cancelled due to Hurricane Rita. 

Having a trip to Dallas cancelled 
on Fri., Sept. 23, might have come 
to a shock to the Lady Majors soc- 
cer team in other years, but this 
year's squad is used to adapting to 
the unexpected. Three weeks prior, 
two weeks of practice were missed 
and a game with Loyola was can- 
celled due to the ramifications of 
Hurricane Katrina. However, the 
culprit of this latest incident was 
Hurricane Rita. 

Despite these hardships, Coach 
Paul Van Hooydonk has been pleas- 
antly surprised with how "the 
ladies have come together and con- 
tinued to work hard despite the set- 

In the games they have played, 
the Lady Majors have compiled a 1- 
2 record. They were defeated at 
home on Sept. 20, by the rival Lady 
Choctaws of Mississippi College 
with a score of 4-1. 

Sophomore Julia Fell thought 
they might have let a possible victo- 
ry slip away from them, that a 

scoreless first half could have 
resulted into a victory. 
Unfortunately, communication 
went awry for the Lady Majors. Fell 
states, "We do not plan on repeat- 
ing the errors made in the 
Mississippi College game, and 
games will become more simplistic 
when we can remain mentally 
focused the entire game. " 

In the game, first-year players 
Erin Sanford and Bobbi Jones pro- 
vided the Lady Majors' lone high- 
light. Early in the second half 
Sanford assisted Jones for her third 
goal of the young season. 

The squad has two more non- 
conference games before entering 
conference play on Oct. 7 against 
Centre College. Coach Van 
Hooydonk is anxious to begin con- 
ference play, thinking his squad has 
a chance to do some positive things 
against conference foes. Van 
Hooydonk understands, however, 
that the season has to be 
approached one game at a time and 
is eager to see how his ladies fare 
against Delta State University at 
home on Sept. 30. 

Volleyball team perseveres through early setbacks 

Eric Sumrall 

Staff Writer 

The Millsaps Majors volleyball 
team began regular season play on 
Sept. 17 with a loss to Lyon. This 
loss was followed by two more to 
Rhodes and Belhaven. On the sur- 
face, this could seem like just a bad 
start that could happen to any 
team, but the aftermath of 
Hurricane Katrina not only put a 
halt to classes at Millsaps, it pre- 
vented the volleyball team from 
playing matches, scrimmaging with 
other teams or even practicing. 

Meanwhile, every other team in 
the SCAC, with the exception of 
one, played several matches. As of 
Sun., Sept. 18, every team in the 
SCAC, with the exception of 
Millsaps and one other school, has 
played at least 10 matches. Junior 
and Defensive Specialist Keisha 
Keyes says, "We are at a disadvan- 
tage because the teams we are com- 
peting against have already played 
many more games than the three 
we have played. We were just start- 
ing to come together when 
Hurricane Katrina hit, and we have 
not gelled mentally, yet." 

However, hopes are still high for 

the rest of the season. Keyes also 
says, "Despite beginning 0-3, I 
think we will prosper with more 

Jenn Pujol, a senior midfielder, 
adds, "The team has become closer 
due to the struggles we have had to 
work through." 

The Division I tournament held 
in Memphis on Sept. 24 is the first 
conference tournament of the sea- 
son. The other teams who were to 
compete in the Division I tourna- 
ment were: Hendrix, Rhodes, 
Southwestern and Trinity. 
Unfortunately, Southwestern 
(Texas) was unable to travel to the 

tournament due to concerns about 
Hurricane Rita. 

Millsaps lost to Trinity on Friday. 
However, the team did follow that 
loss with a win against Hendrix 
later that night, but any chance for 
a winning streak was ended by 
Rhodes the next morning. This 
brings the team's record to 1-4 and 
1-2 in the SCAC. Their next match 
is a doubleheader against 
LeTourneau (Texas) on Sat., Oct. 1. 

Pujol is looking forward to play- 
ing with her team. She remarks, 
"Being able to play anyone at this 
point helps us." 

Major Calendar 

-Millsaps College at 
Huntingdon College 
Oct. 1, 1 p.m. 

Men's Soccer: 

-Millsaps College vs. Delta 
State University 
Sept. 30, 7 p.m. 

-Millsaps College vs. Rust 
Oct. 2, 2 p.m. 

Women's Soccer: 

-Millsaps College vs. Delta 
State University 
Sept. 30, 5 p.m. 


-Millsaps College at Freed 

Sept. 29, 6 p.m. 

-Millsaps College vs. 
LeTourneau College 
Oct. 1, 3 p.m. 

-Millsaps College vs. 
University of Texas - Tyler 
Oct. 1, 7 p.m. 

Men's Tennis 

-Millsaps College at Me 
ITA Fall South Regional, 
Emory University 
Sept. 30 - Oct. 2 

Last Week's Sc 


L - Belhaven College, 30-13 

Men's Soccer 

T - Belhaven College, 0-0 
Women's Soccer 

L - Belhaven College, 3-0 


L - Trinity College, 3-0 
W - Hendrix College, 3-0 
L - Rhodes College, 3-2 

"We're going to be playing 
against the best teams in 
our region. We'll see how 
we stack against them. It 
will give the team an idea 
of what to work toward 
for the spring." 

Coach Scott Pennington, 
Millsaps College 
Women's Tennis Coach 

The Lady Majors tennis 
team traveled to Emory 
University over the week- 
end and competed in the 
ITA Fall South Regional. 
The team finished sixth 
out of the thirteen who 
were competing. 

Major Soccer Athlete 

in iii ■ 1 1- i r i >n i. n i.i 

Brent Blackburn 

Name: Brent Blackburn 
Class: Senior 
Position: Forward 
Height: 5' 11" 
Weight: 190 

Hometown: Nashville, Tenn. 

Major: English 

Future Plans: Chiropractic 



Caf Food: Mushroom Omelet 
Drink (in season): Ensure 
Restaurant: Nagoya 
Professor: Dr. Hollis Robbins 
Book: "I am Charlotte Simmons" 
Band: Jefferson Starship 
Movie: "Eternal Sunshine of the 
Spotless Mind" 
TV Show: "Wildboyz" 
Sport to Watch: Golf 
Sport to Play: Golf 

/ Although the Majors' game against the University of Dallas was cancelled due to 
Hurricane Rita, Blackburn has helped to guide Millsaps to three victories so far this sea- 
v son, including wins against Rust College, Louisiana College and Huntingdon College. 

H Campus visitors beware!"-] 

Photo by Jason Jarin 

Visitors to the Millsaps campus must behave in compli- 
ance to school policy or their hosts could become respon- 
sible for their actions. 

Unruly guests could 
leave mess for hosts 

Chris Awwad 

Staff Writer 

Visitors to Millsaps College 
could soon find themselves coming 
under greater scrutiny before being 
admitted to the campus. 

In an effort to keep unruly 
behavior under control, Millsaps 
safety administrators are re- 
evaluating rules for visitors. 
Rules changes could include 
greater restrictions for off-campus 

"I hope that having visitors 
doesn't become a problem. I like 
meeting people from off-campus," 
said freshman Marcel Sain. 

Current rules make Millsaps 
students responsible for the actions 
of their off-campus guests. 

Procedures for visitors require 
any car attempting to enter the 
campus without a Millsaps College 
decal to be stopped and the driver 
questioned. The visitor must be 
able to provide both the first and 

last name of the host student. 

Visitors unable to provide a 
propername of a host will not be 
allowed to enter the campus. 

All visitors' names, along with 
the names of their hosts, will 
be recorded in a log book to be 
referenced in cases problems occur. 

Some students at have taken 
precautions against bad behavior 
of guest. 

On Sept. 24 and 25, members 
of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity 
began checking for Millsaps 
College IDs and placing armbands 
on students and legitimate guests 
at the fraternity house. 

"We were just trying to regulate 
the flow of people into the 
house and prevent trouble," said 
fraternity member Conell Phillips. 

Vice President for Campus 
Security Dean Tod Rose said, 
"I think that it is great for the 
fraternities to check IDs and use 
armbands. It shows that they 
are taking responsibility for what 

happens here at Millsaps and 
especially in their houses." 

If a student's guest acts 
inappropriately, becomes violent 
or damages college or private 
property' on campus, then the 
student could be expected to take 
responsibility for the incident. 
A student's cooperation with 
campus security will be taken into 

If the Millsaps student 
cooperates and an investigation 
proves that the student was not 
guilty, the student likely won't 
face charges. If a student refuses 
to cooperate with an investigation 
, the student could be held fully 
responsible for the offense. 

If a student denies being a host 
for an accused person, yet the 
student's name appears as a host 
in the visitor log, the situation 
will be further investigated to 
determine if the student will be 
held accountable. 

Guests continued on page 3 

Hurricane Rita rips through Louisiana and Texas 

Chris Spear 

Staff Writer 

Just weeks after Hurricane ■ 
Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, 
the weaker but still-powerful 
Hurricane Rita lashed the Texas- 
Louisiana border Saturday with 
Category 3 force. 

The storm, which came 
ashore Sept. 24 just east of the 
Louisiana state line, affected Lake 
Charles, La., Galveston, Texas, 
and Houston, Texas, the nation's 
fourth-largest city. 

Rita also spawned tornadoes 
as far away as Jackson and even 
created new problems for New 
Orleans, re-flooding areas that had 
been pumped dry in the wake of 

Junior Mark Trahan, from Lake 
Charles, describes Rita's damage 
to his home: "A lot of the trees 
were blown down, including one 
through my living room and the 
kitchen. The storm surge caused 
a lot of flooding around Lake 

Trahan 's family evacuated and 
stopped in Jackson overnight 
before moving on to Birmingham, 
Ala. for the duration. "They stayed 
at the Cabot Lodge," he says. 
"Five people in one dorm room 
just wasn't going to work out." 

Trahan was not the only 
Millsapian hosting Hurricane 
Rita evacuees. Dr. Eric Griffin 
and Kathy Griffin, of the English 
Department and Writing Center, 
respectively, took in relatives from 

Port Arthur, Texas, for several days 
during the storm. Like Trahan, Dr. 
Griffin reports that their house 
was a bit too small to comfortably 
suit residents and evacuees alike, 
but they made do. 

Both Griffin and Trahan agree 
that the damage reports from Rita 
are not nearly of the magnitude of 
Katrina's. Most damage included 
loss of power, some flooding and 
tree damage. However, the storm 
surge from Rita was so powerful 
that it demolished some Lake 
Charles-area cities, like Cameron, 
La., similarly as Katrina did 
Waveland or Bay St. Louis. 

In the Jackson area, no serious 
damage was reported. However, 
Belzoni, two hours north of 
Jackson, had six blocks destroyed 

by a tornado that touched down. 
The county school district also 
discovered its bus barn, food 
service office and warehouse 
were almost heavily damaged by 
a tornado. One man in Isola, near 
Belzoni, was killed by the storm 

Millsaps campus sustained 
minor damage from Hurricane 
Rita, the thorniest issue being 
a large tree branch falling on 
the Delta Delta Delta lodge the 
day before women's recruitment 

"It was actually a branch from 
Katrina that was hanging over 
the house," explains Taylor Allee, 
Tri-Delta Vice President. "The 
winds from Rita finally knocked it 
down over our porch. We didn't 
get much damage but there's a 

noticeable crack in the front of our 

"You can just say that we were 
very lucky the damages were 
minimal because it could have 
easily been much worse and 
thank goodness no one was hurt." 
commented Tri-Deleta President 
Helen Loring. 

Unlike many victims of 
Hurricane Katrina, it seems as if 
most of those displaced by Rita 
will return to their homes soon 
and repair what damage they 

"Our insurance will cover the 
damages," explains Mark Trahan. 
"I think most people will stay in 
Lake Charles despite the storm's 

Got Wireless? 

Campus offers new service rendering 
students' computers unplugged 

Neha Solanki 

Staff Writer 

Wireless Internet can now be 
found in several spots around 
campus, allowing students access 
from areas other than residence 
halls and computer labs. 

"Over the next few years, there 
will be a period of transition," 
says Dean Richard Smith. "Many 
students will be coming out of 
wireless environments. Coffee 
houses and other commercial 
places are wireless. Soon, having 
wireless will be an expectation on 
campus. It's something we should 
move towards. " 

Currently, Millsaps' MBA 
students can make use of the 
wireless Internet on the top two 
floors of Murrah Hall. The wireless 
service is also offered in the Bowl 
and the plaza area between the 
Student Center and the HAC. 
The third floor of the library, a 
study area for many students, has 
wireless Internet as well. 

The access completes Phase I of 
Millsaps College wireless plan. In 

Phase II of Millsaps wireless plan, 
all academic and administrative 
buildings on campus will be 
wireless. By Phase ill, the entire 
campus, including dormitories, will 
have wireless Internet. 

The start of Phase II and Phase 
III is dependent on funding. The 
general expectation is that Phase 
II will be started sometime next 
year.. Phase III is not regarded as 
an immediate necessity because the 
wired infrastructure of the dorms 
was upgraded last year, hence the 
wired connection on campus is 
actually faster than the wireless 

Millsaps College wants to have 
a dual functionality in regards to 
its internet connection, which 
means having both wired and 
wireless networks. This will cater 
to those students on campus who 
do not have wireless compatibility 
on their computers or laptops yet. 

Administration believes wireless 
connection will have many 
advantages to Millsaps' students. 
Tom Henderson, college librarian 
says "Upgrades over the last three 

years have resulted in a faster, more 
secure and more reliable campus 
network. The addition of a wireless 
component further enhances the 
ability of students and faculty 
to communicate, write, and do 

The primary reason for 
wireless Internet connection 
is the flexibility it will afford 
to students and teachers. "We 
feel like the wireless is going to 
add a dimension of technology 
we haven't had before," said 

Dean Smith believes that the 
wireless connection will have 
many unforeseen advantages in 
the future. 

"From wireless internet, we 
expect to have many unplanned 
enhancements to teaching and 
learning in the academic setting. 
Our classrooms will become 
more technologically supportive. 
Through wireless, students are 
given great flexibility. They no 
longer have to be in their rooms 
(when accessing the internet)." 

Photo by Catherine Schmidt 
Freshmen Gwen Orr, David Harris and Cookie Kokel enjoy surfing 
the internet in the bowl as Millsaps finally joins the wireless age 
by installing wireless hotspots at various areas around campus. 

The Life 

We aren't the 
only one's with 
rush? See how 
MC does it on 
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So, the thing is. 
Watch out for Fall 
Movies and the 
Spanish profesors 
on pages 4 and 5. 

PAGE 2 • THURSDAY, October 6, 2005 • THE P&W 


Next Monday marks the first SBA Senate meeting of the new school year. Many may feel as though that this is simply a gathering of popularity contest winners eager to pad their 
resumes and run a bloated and irrelevant campus organization. To a certain extent this may be true, but those who hold this opinion don't realize that they undermine the effective- 
ness of the Senate and the efforts of the Senators with apathy toward their actions. 

Take for example last year's Caf PA system (The great symbol of Senatorial profligacy, voted into existence by your campus representatives). Of course, this was only a big deal 
after it was bought and paid for, not while it was being discussed. The reason for this isn't because the Senate snuck it by their trusting constituency. It was because no one bothered 
to read the minutes sent to every student by their Senators after each meeting. If a few people had done so, they would've seen the approaching discussion on a Caf PA system weeks 
in advance and could have unleashed the student body's righteous indignation while it still could have achieved something. 

Another example would be the security forums held by the SBA security committee. They were advertised by mass e-mail as well as in the Senate minutes, and yet no one bothered 
to show up to voice their security concerns to the members of the committee and to the Campus Safety officers who were present. How can representatives and officials be expected 
to cater to the desires of constituents if the constituents reject such opportunities? „ t - t t 

This year there will be even less excuse for apathy toward student government. There's a new initiative for all Senators to have "town meetings with their respective constituents. 
While busy students may be reluctant to put yet another meeting on their schedules, this will be an excellent opportunity for everyone to find out what the Senate is planning to 

spend your money. 

Remember that only YOU can prevent more PA systems. 

The dangers of national 
financial irresponsibility 

Sumner Holmes 

Opinions Editor 

,LJ. : .'"' 

When I think of the Bush administration's current fiscal policy, I am 
reminded of a Visa commercial that aired a couple of years back about a 
college student whose father gives him a credit card, telling his son to 
"only use it if there's an emergency." Later, at a party, one of the kid's 
friends calls out that there is no more pizza (which, as any college student 
will attest, is indeed a dire situation). The son soon discovers that lacking 
any item from beer nuts to stereo equipment constitutes some form of 
emergency, and that spending money is really easy when you're buying 
things on your father's credit. 

Right now, we're seeing the same irresponsibility in the White House 
(and I think we can all agree that wars and hurricanes are much more seri- 
ous than pizzas and beer). I wrote earlier that Hurricane Katrina revealed 
poverty to be one of the most serious issues facing us today; however, 

what I have been reading recently suggests that our country's budget may 
also be in serious danger. It is quite evident now that if the country were 
to face another serious disaster, natural or otherwise, we would not be 
able to finance relief. 

If it were not bad enough that financing relief was difficult, the public 
learned that disaster prevention budgets had been slashed due to this 
administration's tax cuts. Some new levees that were being built in and 
around New Orleans took a 20 percent budget decrease four years running 
up until Katrina. Some of the areas that flooded the worst and will need 
relief aid might have benefited from well-funded programs. Is it not wiser 
to spend the money before disaster hits to prevent destruction rather than 
fixing it after the fact? 

The real question we should be asking is how the American public has 
let the administration get away with this. We are the father who foots the 
credit card bill at the end of the month, so why is it that we have not real- 
ly asked the president to account for himself? 

I believe it is because we identify with his spending habits; the number 
of Americans in debt today is greater than it has ever been. Every time I 
turn on the TV I am bombarded with ads that promise miracle products I 
can buy even if I don't have the money to afford it in my account. Credit 
is a great thing for buying automobiles and houses, but gym equipment 
and cutlery products? 

If we continue to spend money at any rate close to the one we are at 
right now without raising taxes, the country will go broke. To argue oth- 
erwise is folly; we borrow to make up for the lack of income, and that can- 
not go on forever. Soon we will have to pay off our debt, pure and simple. 
With all of the problems our generation will face over the next few 
decades, let the fear of going broke not be one of them. 

It is a matter of respect 

Miriam Gray 


This past Sunday morning around 8 a.m. I heard a loud repetitive 
knock on my door. It was my RA hurrying Bacot's south wing downstairs 
due to a tornado warning. As I prepared to leave my room, I pulled the 
door knob and looked at the door. Lo and behold! Someone had drawn 
penises on my sticky notes, Foundations flyers and my roommate's door 
decoration. They had also written on my message board. "I like black c- 
k." The obscene drawings and racist remark did not sink in until I stared 
at my door for another minute. My RA, being the caring person she is, 
quickly erased the racist remark from my message board while mumbling 
something about stupid guys from last night. However, the damage was 
already done. I had been sexually harrassed and experienced racism in its 
most obscene nature. This was, by far, the most disrespectful incident I 
had ever experienced. 

At first I chalked it up to drunkenness, but the drawings were too neat 
and the writing was too legible and specific in its racial context. "I like 
black c-k." Who is to say I am not into white, Asian, or Latin guys? Who 

is to say I am not into girls? Who say I am not waiting until marriage? 
It occurred to me, after mudfe pondering on this incident, that the perpe- 
trators knew or maybe thought they knew me. This possibility was the 
most disturbing. 

It is my suspicion that the perpetrators did not think about the impor- 
tance of respect while they were damaging my personal property. They 
were probably thinking they could commit this sadistic act and it would 
not matter how I was affected. Well, it does matter because we have stan- 
dards at Millsaps College. In the Millsaps 2005-2006 College Catalog under 
'Student Behavior' on page 73, it clearly reads, "Students at Millsaps, 
because they are members of an academic community dedicated to the 
achievement of excellence, are expected to meet the highest standards of 
personal, ethical, and moral conduct possible." I hope the highest stan- 
dards of personal, ethical and moral conduct possible for Millsaps stu- 
dents have not succumbed to obscenity and racial slurs. 

Seeing it necessary to mention, let me add that I have never been a 
player of the race card. This is mainly because I would like to live in a 
"perfect world" where it does not exist. I would still be disturbed if the 
drawings were the only thing on my door. I would still be disturbed if this 
had happened to a girl or guy of another race. The message I am trying to 
convey is the essence in people respecting one another regardless of their 
race, gender or sexual orientation. 

Too often we tend to overlook the little things that add up to something 
bigger. It begins with a dirty joke and a couple of laughs and leads to inci- 
dents such as the one I experienced. I did not find it funny, nor did I find 
it harmless. The drawings and the writing were disturbing and disrespect- 
ful. Before acting or speaking, one should really consider the conse- 
quences. Let me not fail to mention that respect starts with self. Therefore, 
anyone who goes around doing things of this sort must have a lack of 
respect for themselves. 

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Myth Busters: Sexually transmitted diseases 

Chelsi West 

Staff Writer 

There is no certain group that 
sexually transmitted diseases 
(STDs) affect — anyone is at 
risk, no matter their race, gender 
or sexual orientation. There are 
currently over 25 common STDs 
which are now reaching endemic 
proportions. And when sexual 
activity increases, so does the 
chance of contracting a disease. 
So it is important to learn the 
facts, to reveal the truths behind 
many commonly believed myths. 
Exactly what are these myths? 

You can only get STDs from 
vaginal intercourse. 

While the words sexually 
transmitted imply vaginal sex, it 
is not the only activity that puts 
you at risk for an STD. Activities 
such as oral sex, anal sex, skin to 
skin contact and sharing needles 
put individuals at risk for disease. 
Bur there are also things such as 
a transfer of fluids (and this even 
includes saliva) or the sharing 

of objects like toothbrushes and 
razors. For example, if an infected 
person uses a razor and cuts 
[himself or herself] and starts to 
bleed, when you use that razor, 
the blood might get on you — you 
are now at risk. 

"I will definitely be more careful 
with the things I share now," says 
freshman Brittney West. 

"If an infected person has 
gonorrhea discharge on his or 
her fingers and then touches your 
eyes, you can also get gonorrhea 
and develop conjunctivitis," says 
Dr. M. Sara Rosenthal, author of 
The Gynecological Sourcebook. 

Use of a condom will prevent 
contraction of all STDs. 

As stated under the first myth, 
some STDs, such as herpes, can 
be contracted from skin to skin 
contact. "In some cases, a condom 
will not totally protect you," says 
Nurse Gretchen Blackstone from 
the college's Wesson Health 
Center. And the same is true even 
in some cases of vaginal sex. 

For example, if two students are 

engaging in vaginal intercourse 
and one of them has genital warts 
that have spread to the inner thigh 
region and his or her partner comes 
into contact with the affected area, 
there's nothing a condom can 
do to prevent genital warts from 
spreading to that region. 

Also, many female students 
believe that by being on the pill, 
they are protected from STDs. 
Blackstone wants girls to know 
that "No birth control pill will 
protect from sexually transmitted 
diseases." The birth control 
pill does exactly what its name 
implies-- it controls birth. 

You can tell if someone has an 
STD just by evaluating physical 

A lot of symptoms of STDs are 
not even physical. These include 
urinary tract infections, abdominal 
pain or even organ inflammation. 
In addition, for many people, 
symptoms don't always follow 
immediately. "Around 85 percent 
of women with Chlamydia, the 
most common STD, do not have 

symptoms," says Blackstone. 
Rosenthal adds, "Ten percent of the 
time, people who have Chlamydia 
will test negative for it. " 

Also, it's often easy to confuse 
STD symptoms with other infections 
or diseases. For example, "many 
women self-diagnose gonorrhea 
discharge as a yeast infection," says 
Rosenthal. The fact is that so many 
STDs and vaginal infections have 
similar symptoms. So the only way 
to be completely sure is by going 
to see a medical professional. You 
never know where self-diagnoses 
may lead you. 

If you or anyone you know 
has an STD or would like to 
get checked out by a medical 
professional, don't hesitate to 
visit the campus health center 
located on the first floor of the 
student center. If you would like 
to go off campus, the Crossroads 
Clinic is located on the third floor 
of the Jackson Medical Mall. The 
clinic tests for all STDs and is free 
of cost and confidential. 

Guests continued from page 1 

It concerns many students that 
it is technically possible for a 
visitor to falsely use the name of a 
student as a host. Rose said, "This 
would be a rare anomaly, but each 
case is investigated thoroughly." 

The information most likely 
to be requested from a visitor on 
campus would be a phone number 
and the name of the college, 
if applicable, that the visitor 
attends. With this information, 
Millsaps College administration 
would contact the visitor to seek 
reparations for the damages made 
or to take legal action for more 
serious offenses. If the accused is 
a student at another school, his or 
her school can also be contacted. 
Usually, the administration of 
most schools will follow through 
with the punishment for the 
offenses of one of their students 
not representing their institution 

"The best way for Millsaps 
students to avoid trouble," said 
Dean Rose, "is to cooperate with 
campus security and provide the 
information they request." 

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Sept. 22 - Burglary- Vehicle 

At approximately 4:30 p.m., a freshman 
returned to his vehicle which was parked 
in the HAC parking lot. He discovered his 
vehicle had been burglarized. When an officer 
arrived on the scene, he observed broken 
glass on the ground and inside the vehicle 
from the driver's side door. The complainant 
stated that he had parked his vehicle earlier 
in the week in the HAC parking lot, but 
had returned to his vehicle on Sept. 21 at 
approximately 5 p.m. to place some items in 
it, and everything was okay at that time. His 
CD deck, amp and several CDs were stolen. 
The dashboard, A/C vent, and a speaker box 
were damaged. He was unsure if a check 
might also be missing. 

Sept. 22 - Unintentional Breakage 

At 5:45 p.m., the North Gate arm came down 
unexpectedly on a vehicle. The gate officer 
had pressed the button to allow the vehicle 
to enter, and he noticed the vehicle come to a 
sudden stop after it had attempted to proceed 
through the gate. After the officer raised 
the arm again, the vehicle continued on to 
the HAC parking lot. The gate officer spoke 
with the driver, and he stated it only hit the 
windshield and there was no damage. Traffic 
was routed through the opposite side for the 
rest of the shift. 

Sept. 24 - Assault, Aggravated 

At approximately 1:23 a.m., officers received 
a call about an assault at a fraternity house. 
Upon arrival, they discovered a student 
(junior) sitting on the porch of the house. 
The subject appeared to be semi-conscious 
and bleeding from underneath his right 
eye. Witnesses stated that he been punched 
twice by an unknown assailant, leaving a cut 
under his eye. AMR was called immediately 
along with the "on-call" professional. The 
lieutenant was also notified. 

Sept. 24 - Vandalism-Property 

At approx. 4:02 a.m., officers were dispatched 
to a residence hall to investigate a broken 
water pipe behind a water cooler. Upon 
arrival, they observed the floor was being 
flooded. Officers directed the students, whose 
rooms were affected, to place towels in their 
respective doors and direct the water down 
the stairs to the outside. Maintenance was 
called, and the officers were directed to 
cut the main water off to the building. The 
"on-call" professional was called. After the 
officers left, a freshman confessed that he had 
broken the pipe. 

Sept. 26 - Trespassing 

At approx 8:56 a.m., a lieutenant observed a 
black male jump the fence from West Street 

in front of Murrah Hall. The subject was 
escorted to the Campus Safety Office. It was 
determined that he was a student at Bailey 
Magnet School. His mother was notified 
that her son had jumped the fence from 
West Street. He was told if he jumped the 
fence again, that he would be charged with 
"Criminal Trespassing." He was escorted off 
campus by another lieutenant. 

Sept. 26 - Trespassing 

At 10:15 a.m., dispatch received a call 
from a freshman about a suspicious person 
selling CDs in the bowl area of the College 
Center. Two lieutenants responded as they 
approached the front doors on the north 
end of the College Center, they ran into the 
suspicious person as he was leaving the 
building. When they asked if he was selling 
CDs, he responded, "Yes." The suspect stated 
that he had no type of identification on 
him. They advised him that this was private 
property and he was not allowed to solicit 
on campus. They further instructed him that 
the next time he was caught on campus, he 
would be arrested for trespassing. 

going on? 

Meet Your Major Fair 

Thursday, Oct. 6 
11:30 am - 12:30 pm 
Leggett Center 
Meet Your Major Fair 
provides Millsaps 
College Departments the 
opportunity to display 
exhibits and distribute 
information about the h t 
different academic programs 
they offer. Students are 
invited to browse and 
speak with department 
representatives about the 
majors that interest them. 

Soul Rebels Brass Band 

Playing this Thursday 10/6 
in the Red Room at Hal & 
Mai's. The band members 
lost all their belongings 
in the hurricane. They 
are trying to put together 
enough gear to play the 
show. It's $5.00 at 10:00. 

Millsaps Forum 

Dr. Alexandra Pappas 

Oct. 7 

Picture This! Words as Art 
in the Ancient Greek World 
12:30 p.m. Ford Academic 
Complex Room 215. 
Contact Allison Mays 
601-974-1083 (maysap® or Lynn Raley 
601-974-1423. Open to the 

Bell Concert Series 
Brno Chamber Soloists 

Michiko Otaki, piano 

Oct. 10 

7:30 p.m. Ford Academic 
Complex Recital Hall 
$20 General Admission 
$5 Student Tickets 
Box office open 12-1 p.m. 
weekdays; call 601-974-1372 
Contact Linda Nix, 601-974- 
1422 or 

Southern Circuit Film 

WAR - Motion Studies 
Jake Mahaffy 

Oct. 11 

7:30 p.m. Academic 
Complex Room 215 
Contact Holly Sypniewski at 
601- 974-1299 or sypnih® 

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Millsaps filmmakers share 
vision through talent, energy 

Sophia Halkias 

Staff Writer 

After seeing "2001: A Space 
Odyssey" as a teenager, Dr. Steve 
Smith attempted to replicate the 
film's "psychedelic" effect in a film 
of his own by rolling translucent 
marbles across a camera lens and 
tilting it toward the sun. 

The camera he was using was 
his parents' Super 8, the former 
standard for consumer-use 
cameras that allowed much room 
for technical innovation. Editing 
was done manually by splicing the 
frames together, and slow motion 
could be achieved by decreasing 
the number of frames shown per 

"Kids want to be creative, 
experimental and make stuff," 
Smith explains, "make cool 
stuff and implement new ideas. 
Filmmaking is a way to do that." 

Smith is among the score of 
Millsaps' filmmakers who use 
their spare time to envision, shoot 
and edit video. Unlike the days 
when Smith was "literally taping 
together slivers of Super 8 films," 
modern equipment allows the 
amateur filmmakers on campus 
to shoot high-quality films and 
integrate special effects onto the 
footage using software within the 
confines of their dorm room. For 
most, the relative ease one can 
now go about with filmmaking is 
an opportunity for those who feel 
compelled to create film out of a 
love for good movies. 

This is true of freshman Will 
Hehemann, who says he pledged 
himself to become a director as 
early as the fifth grade. "It was 
definitely other works that inspired 
me," says Hehemann. "When I 
was really into WWII movies, I 
wrote a script entirely in German. 
I got this out of a dictionary. I'm 
sure it was completely wrong 
[grammatically], but I did what it 

Since that time, Hehemann 
has composed several short films, 
most of which feature the comedy 
troupe he formed with his friends, 

Nonsense Never Makes Sense, who 
perform their own original pieces. 
Hehemann has also attended film 
camps that introduced him to film 
theory and the many facets of 

Most agree the most demanding 
part of the job is the editing 
process. "I made one [film] with 
my brother when I was fourteen, 
and ended [it] when I was sixteen. 
Just the editing part took me a 
year because there was so much 
footage that we had filmed," says 
freshman Austin Tooley, who has 
two completed films to his resume 
and hopes to embark on new film 
about college life soon. 

Another problem faced by 
student filmmakers is a lack of 
funds. Tooley says that operating 
on a college student's budget 
"makes it nearly impossible." 
Several pieces of equipment 
that cost hundreds of dollars 
are generally needed to produce 
a professional piece of work. 
Editing software such as Final Cut 
Express, the consumer version of 
an editing program used on many 
major film productions, is also 
pricey. And the bill thus far does 
not include small expenses, such 
as those needed for props. 

Fortunately, Millsaps has 
acquired several pieces of film 
equipment over the summer that 
are now available for checkout in 
the library. Anyone with a valid 
academic purpose is eligible to use 
the equipment, which includes a 
Panasonic digital camera, a Mac 
with Final Cut Express and a 
tripod. Smith, who oversaw the 
acquisition of the equipment, is 
currently working on purchasing 
a microphone that will make 
the package more complete. "I 
don't anticipate the college's own 
normal budget buying anything 
more soon, but what I'm always 
hoping for is that some wealthy 
person interested in film who 
wants to sponsor this kind of 
activity at Millsaps will lay a gift 
on us so that we can suddenly get 
a lot more," says Smith. 

His wish list includes a lighting 

Photo by Admiral Akbar 

Emperor Palpatine shows off the scars he recieved in a Jedi attempt on his life last night. With the help 
of his new assistant, Anikan Skywalker, the Emperor intends to wipe out all the Jedi. 

kit, which can run from five 
hundred to a thousand dollars. 

Perhaps the best opportunity 
available to student and local 
filmmakers to showcase their work 
is the Crossroads Film Festival, 
an annual event that showcases 
and awards independent film 
entries. At the last festival, Smith 
submitted a short he entitled "The 
Halls of Montezume Academe," 
which he created in 2004 in order 
to familiarize himself with digital 
equipment and editing software. 
The film runs for about six minutes 
and features Smith running wildly 
through the deserted halls at 
Millsaps against a backdrop of 
music he composed himself. 

"Jackson is a good place 
because it seems like there's the 
utilities to do things at Millsaps," 
says Heheman, comparing the 
setting to his small hometown in 

Arkansas. "We didn't have that 
stuff in El Dorado. We'd make a 
film, and we'd just sit down and 
watch it." 

Although he didn't place, 
Smith said the reward came from 
being able to see his movie on the 
big screen at Parkway and later 
being able to answer questions 
from the audience about his film. 
What's more, his category placed 
his feature next to a documentary 
about car racing he had admired 
earlier in the year after seeing it at 
an Oxford film festival. "I thought 
was just tight and funny and a real 
gem," he says of the documentary. 
"That made it even greater to be 
where I was: I was standing up 
there with a guy that worked on 

At the Crossroads Film Festival 
in 2004, Millsaps sophomores 
Bjorn Carlsson and Thomas 

Richardson picked up an award 
for best youth film along with 
the rest of the production group 
they formed during high school. 
Richardson explains that 4South 
began making films as an outlet 
to express themselves creatively. 
It was also a way to amuse them, 
but Richardson points out that 
winning the award pushed them 
to become more serious about 
their filmmaking. 

"I feel especially good for [the 
members who were directors] 
who are actually going to film 
school because that gave them the 
confidence they needed to get out 
there and try it," says Richardson. 
"As for the rest of us, it's nice 
because it's as close to the Oscars 
as we're going to get." 

Rabbits, geishas populate fall films 

Kyle Doherty and Cody 

Features Editor and Layout Editor 

Fall is a time of rest and relaxation 
for movie studios. Following the 
usual onslaught of super-budgeted 
summer blockbusters, they like to 
sit back and count their money 
while releasing their lower- 
budget movies to explosion-weary 
audiences for modest returns. 

The average American sees 
fewer movies during the fall, and 
the average Millsaps student is 
lucky to have time to watch the 
trailers. So, the following preview 
is intended to give students a 
look at what they're missing and 
perhaps why they shouldn't feel 
bad about missing it. 

Fans of weather-related horror 
movies can look forward to The 
Fog, which opens in mid-October. 
A remake of John Carpenter's 
1980 movie of the same name, 
the new movie promises to 
mirror the success of other John 

Carpenter remakes such as the 
recent Assault on Precinct 13. 
This is part of a growing trend of 
making all movies twice in case 
once wasn't enough for posterity's 
sake. Sophomore Jenna Feindel, 
as a native of England, is a well 
acquainted with fogs of all sorts. 
"It's very scary to drive in," she 
explains. "So the movie will be 
pretty scary if it involves a lot of 
driving. " 

The movie stars the guy who 
plays Superman in the WB's 
"Smallville" and will be in theatres 
on Oct. 14. 

Fans of hilarious claymation can 
look no further than the upcoming 
new Wallace & Gromit movie, 
"The Curse of the Were-Rabbit." 
Many may remember the duo's 
previous adventures "A Grand 
Day Out," "The Wrong Pair of 
Trousers" or "A Close Shave." For 
those who don't (and have missed 
out on top notch stuff), Wallace 
is an inventor who is routinely 
involved in all sorts of whimsical 

adventures with the help of his 
dog and companion, Gromit. This 
particular adventure deals with 
a mysterious beast devouring a 
town's vegetable gardens in the 
days leading up to the annual 
Giant Vegetable Competition. "It's 
going to be great," says freshman 
Adam Wicks. "Wallace and Gromit 
have never failed yet. " 

"Wallace & Gromit: The Curse 
of the Were-Rabbit" opens on Oct. 
5 in some cities. 

For the more explosion-inclined 
is the forthcoming Doom, starring 
the Rock. The main draw (read: 
gimmick) of this movie is that 
much of it takes place in a first- 
person view, much like the video 
game on which it's based. This 
gives the impression more of a ride 
than of a movie. "It's continuing 
the proud tradition of other video 
game movies like 'Super Mario 
Brothers' and 'Mortal Kombat'," 
says freshman Luke Darby. "I 
can hardly wait for the Pac-man 
movie. " 

"Doom" is in theatres 
everywhere on Oct. 21. 

Dec. 9 marks the return of 
the Rob Marshall, director of the 
Academy Award winning musical 
film "Chicago". He follows with 
"Memoirs of a Geisha", based on 
the bestselling book by Arthur 
Golden. Geisha tells the epic 
romantic story of Sayuri Nitta, 
a young Japanese girl sold as a 
slave into the house of a wealthy 
family. Later in life she is trained 
for the life of a geisha, overcoming 
the obstacles for women and the 
poor in pre-World War II Japan. 
Soon, Sayuri becomes the most 
popular geisha of her time. "It 
seems like the type of movie that 
is going to make me shed a tear, 
but then be motivated to take on 
the world — a good catharsis," 
says senior Matt Vieron. The film 
stars Ziyi Zhang, who starred in 
such critically acclaimed films as 
"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" 
and "Hero", in the title roles. 

Shopping into theatres Oct. 

21 is "Shopgirl" — a dramatic 
comedy starring Claire Danes, 
Jason Swartzmann and Steve 
Martin. Not only does Martin star 
in the film, but he also penned 
the adaptation to screen from his 
bestselling novella of the same 
title. Danes stars as Mirabelle, the 
shop girl of the title. Mirabelle 
works behind the glove counter 
at a department store that sells 
"things nobody buys anymore" 
as Martin describes in his novella. 
She lives a simple life until Ray 
Porter (Martin) comes into the 
picture. He offers wealth, material 
possessions and possibly even 
love. Mirabelle has to choose 
between a life of lavishness 
and attention or the possibility 
of finding happiness with her 
musician friend/boyfriend Jeremy 
(Swartzmann) . 

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Professors teach, learn through film 

Photo by Kyle Doherty 

Dr. Ramon Figeroa proudly displays his vast collection of movie DVD's and memorabilia in his office 

Ace Madjlesi 

Staff Writer 

Millsaps professors love movies. 
Everyone has that one professor 
who is constantly comparing the 
classwork to a film, or the one 
who shows a movie every week or 
even the one so keen on you to 
watch a good movie, that they offer 
extra credit in exchange for your 
attention. Here at Millsaps, there 
is no shortage of those professors, 
and students like it that way. 

Paula Garrett, assistant 
professor of English and American 
studies and director of the Writing 
Program, is a fan of all types of 
films. Her palette for movies 
ranges from "Proof", the upcoming 
mathematical Gwyneth Paltrow 
flick to "March of the Penguins," 
the "National Geographic" film 
geared toward younger audiences. 
A self proclaimed "movie whore," 
Garrett claims that she will see 
anything, saying, "I'm never 
really disappointed. It's dark, I've 
got popcorn - that's really all I 

While Garrett tends to watch 
movies with a political theme (like 
her all time favorite movie, "The 
American President"), she says, "I 
won't watch movies with a whole 
lot of violence or horror. It's not a 
moral judgment; I just don't need 
movies to stress me out." Some 
of the movies that Dr. Garrett 
recommends are "Mr. Smith Goes 
to Washington", "Boys Don't 
Cry," "An Affair to Remember" 
and "Napoleon Dynamite." "You 
have to see that just to understand 
popular culture - all the T-shirts 
and stuff," says Garrett. 

Mary Louise Jones, a professor 
o {Interdisciplinary Studies, teaches 
a class that many students have 
come to associate with movies. 
Evan J. Weems, a sophomore 
who took Jones's Quest for the 
Holy Grail course last semester, 

says, "After having taken that 
class, I can't watch a single movie 
without automatically identifying 
the spiritual guide, the axis mundi 
and all other sorts of crazy hero 

The class focuses around the 
journey of the spiritual hero, and 
Jones uses movies like "The Lion 
King" and "The Fisher King" to 
exemplify key elements of a hero 
story. In addition to this, students 
write a paper focusing on these 
elements that they have found in 
another movie, such as "The Last 

"Once you understand the 
universal paradigm for the 
journey of the hero, you find it 

everywhere - including movies," 
explains Jones. "The really fine 
movies seem to have a deeper 
understanding of this paradigm. 
The hero must struggle and suffer 
in order to be transformed, for 
the true hero is selfless and puts 
himself at great risk in order to 
restore the land and renew the 
society. " 

There are movie buffs, and then 
there are people like Dr. Ramon 
Figueroa, a professor in the Modern 
Languages department. When 
one first walks into Dr. Figueroa's 
office, they are immediately struck 
by shelves upon shelves jammed 
full of DVDs. He estimates that he 
has well over 500. He calls films 

"my obsession," and rightly so. 

Not only does he constantly 
add to his private collection, he 
also goes to the movies weekly 
with Dr. Hopkins. "When the two 
of us go to the movies, we prefer 
to see something not that great," 
Figueroa says. "It's a challenge 
to get something out of two 
wasted hours of our lives." And 
they are pretty good at it, as they 
recently found a theme of Utopian 
societies in Nicole Kidman's film, 
"Bewitched." "I love a great story, 
but I also love good visuals," says 

And it is this love that drives 
him to the films of Tim Burton and 
Terry Gilliam, even "The Brothers 

Grimm." "There are always little 
moments. They always give you 
something to look at. I guess I like 
to be overwhelmed a little bit." 

As far as choice actors and 
actresses go, Figueroa tends 
to favor those he considers 
"committed and unafraid to play 
the unsympathetic roles," Johnny 
Depp, Susan Sarandon and Nicole 

Musicals are a personal favorite 
of Dr. Figueroa's - and for good 
reason. "When I first moved to 
America, I lived in Boston and 
theaters there played a lot of Judy 
Garland musicals. I learned to 
speak English from them because 
everyone speaks so well, so 
clearly. " 

Dr. Figueroa's favorites are 
numerous. He claims the greatest 
westerns are "High Noon" and 
"Red River," while "Brazil" is a 
great cult film and "Bladerunner" 
is "the greatest sci-fi movie ever." 
But his all-time classic list includes 
"Citizen Kane," "Gone with the 
Wind," "Raging Bull," "A Star is 
Born" ("even though they ruined 
Judy Garland - it's a powerful 
indictment on Hollywood"], 
"Annie Hall" and "Manhattan," 
which he eloquently describes as 
"a love poem to New York City. " 

Dr. Figueroa encourages us all 
to head to the movies, especially 
the film festivals in Jackson, 
supposedly the only venues where 
one can find quality movies. He 
is a great supporter of films in 

"Millsaps has really made me 
think we should give movies a 
chance. When a movie's trying to 
say something, we should listen," 
he explains. "Movies reflect the 
way we think about ourselves, our 
image and relationships to each 
other. Silly movies are great too. 
There are all sorts of reasons to go 
to the movies, so people, go to the 

New film studies concentration gives 
students a chance to learn the art of film 

Chris Awwad 

Staff Writer 

Approved last spring, the film 
studies program at Millsaps College 
is now in operation. Under the 
direction of Dr. Steven Smith, the 
program is providing many great 
opportunities for students. The 
concentration in film studies is 
not strictly designated for students 
interested only in a future career 
in the film industry. It can provide 
great opportunities in many other 
fields as well. With only five 
requisite courses, the film studies 
concentration can easily be paired 
with any major. Generally, film 
studies concentrations are seen 

paired with English majors, but 
many other combinations are 
possible. As the program is still in 
its first semester, there is only one 
student who has declared it as a 

"It's a different prospective that 
I'm learning from," says junior 
Dylan Chatterjee, the sole film 
concentration student. "Half of it 
is actually making film and the 
other half is film theory which can 
give you new insight into the art 
of filmmaking." 

The film studies program holds 
many resources and great potential 
for students interested in the film- 
making process as well as the 
interpretation of films. "Students 

pursuing a concentration in film 
studies will be encouraged to film 
an original movie, and they could 
also line up an internship with 
one of the local film companies," 
says Dr. Smith. "I would like to see 
several entries to the Crossroads 
Film Festival." 

The program has recently 
acquired a very convenient, 
portable filming and editing 
system. The system contains a 
new Panasonic PV-250 video 
camera, an additional microphone 
and a Macintosh laptop equipped 
with Final Cut Express, the 
latest footage-editing software. 
A tripod is also available for 
use by anyone using the filming 

kit. In addition to the present 
filming system, plans have been 
made to purchase an additional 
microphone for use in recording 
interviews. The use of the filming 
and editing kit is not restricted to 
those students working toward a 
film studies concentration. The 
kit is available in the library for 
students wishing to incorporate 
film into their studies. It provides 
great possibilities for assignments 
in many departments on campus. 

For those students who do 
wish to pursue a career in the film 
industry, a concentration in film 
studies is a great way to begin 
working toward those competitive 
jobs. Most students with plans for 

an occupation in the film industry 
attend graduate school to receive 
either a Master's degree or a 
Ph.D. in either film studies or film 

According to Dr. Smith, "Film 
interpretation is a different, very 
interesting way for either modern 
language or international business 
students to examine another 
culture." This is just one of the 
ways a film studies concentration 
could be used. Students interested 
in film studies should contact Dr. 
Steve Smith or Dr. Austin Wilson 
for more information. 

What are your favorite movies? 

Junior ChadTobler 

Happy Gilmore 
Love and Basketball 

Sophomore Melanie 

Now and Then 
Virgin Suicides 
Anything Jay and Silent Bob 
Wedding Crashers 
Scamper the Penguin 

Sophomore Mia 

Remember the Titans 
Love and Basketball 
Green Mile 

Senior Louis Spears 

A Clockwork Orange 

Princess Mononoke 
Broken Saints 

Professor Claudine 


The Grand Highway 
The Rules of the Game 
The Graduate 
Don't Look Back 

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Get 'Arrested' with television's 
funniest, most original comedy 

Paul Dearing 

Managing Editor 

Although most television 
comedies didn't start off their 
fall seasons with characters 
going incognito within the 
Blue Man Group or being 
tracked by a British spy played 
by Charlize Theron, "Arrested 
Development" is not your 
typical television comedy. 

From the unique mind of 
producer Ron Howard (who 
also narrates every episode), 
"Arrested Development" is a 
zany comedic satire revolving 
around a dysfunctional upper- 
class family in Orange County, 
Ca. After their patriarch is 
jailed for embezzlement and 
their assets are frozen, the 
wealthy Bluth family is forced 
to move in together, try to find 
real jobs, and reevaluate their 
relationships. It's a series that's 
rarely realistic, but it's not 
meant to be. Rather, "Arrested 
Development" is a blast of 
unadultered wit and energy that 
has no equal anywhere on TV. 

In 2004, the series won the 
Emmy Award for Outstanding 
Comedy Series; at this year's 
ceremony last month, it lost 
the top prize to "Everybody 
Loves Raymond," but still took 
home honors for its writing. 
Lead actor Jason Bateman has 
also won a Golden Globe for 
his hilarious portrayal of son 
Michael Bluth. 

The cast is further highlighted 
by Portia de Rossi (you may 
recognize her from "Ally 
McBeal") as Michael's spoiled, 
materialistic sister Lindsay, 
and Will Arnett (he's married 
to "Saturday Night Live" cast 
member Amy Poehler) as 
Michael's brother and aspiring 
magician Gob (pronounced 
"jobe"). It's the Bluth parents 
though, superlatively portrayed 
by comedy veterans Jessica 
Walter and Jeffrey Tambor (who 
has a dual role as Uncle Oscar 
Bluth), who truly stand out. 

While the regular cast 
is consistently superb, the 
show's guest actors are equally 
noteworthy. Henry Winkler, 
best known as Fonzie on 
"Happy Days," has a recurring 
role as inept family attorney 
Barry Zuckercorn. Last season, 
Julia Louis-Dreyfus (" Seinfeld ") 
portrayed a conniving lawyer 
who feigned blindness and 
a pregnancy for sympathy in 
court. And, believe it or not, 
Liza Minnelli also appears, as 
nosy neighbor Lucille Austero. 

This Tuesday, the series' 
second season debuts on 
DVD (season one is already 
available) . These complete 
season sets are actually ideal for 
first-time viewers, as the show 
is so original and irreverent that 
it may take several episodes for 
newcomers to warm up to it. 
The third season of "Arrested 
Development" is currently 
underway on FOX (channel 
11), Monday nights at 7 p.m. 

'Greek' life at Mississippi College 

Chelsi West 

The Life Editor 

As we parade around the Millsaps 
bubble, it is sometimes easy to forget 
about other colleges in the Jackson 
area, other students engaging in the 
same activities that we do on our 
campus. But what about things that 
they do differently, things that are 
unique to their schools? Well, that 
is the intent of this series, to figure 
out what they're doing and how 
they're doing it. We're going to take 
a look at three other colleges in the 
area: Mississippi College, Jackson 
State and Tougaloo. First, we begin 
with Mississippi College. 

At both Millsaps and Mississippi 
College (MC) , you will find groups 
of girls that share a sisterhood. 
They perform community service, 
host formats, take retreats and 
form bonding relationships with 
one another. At Millsaps many 
students would define this as a 
sorority. At MC, however, that's 
not the case. Instead, girls are 
united to another through groups 
known as social tribes. 

Named after Native American 
tribes, Laguna, Kissimee, 
Nenamoosha and Swannanoa are 
the four female social groups at 
MC. Undergraduate ladies have the 
option of rushing in either the fall 
or spring semester, and can do so 
during whichever year they choose. 
"I did not rush my first semester, 
but all my friends did," says 
sophomore Anna Fisher, a member 
of Swannanoa. "I started looking at 
it and decided to do spring rush." 

Like Millsaps, rush is a timed 
period in which each group 
represents themselves to the 
interested girls. Each night certain 
activities are planned, such as the 
general information session, Coke 
(Coca-Cola) parties, skit night and 
pref night. It all eventually leads 
up to "squeal day," when each girl 
finds out the tribe that she will now 
be a part of (the equivalent of bid 
day on our campus) . 

"I think social life is a big part 
of the college experience," says 
freshman rushee Hope Gladney. 

"I'm not really one to be friends with a 
lot of people and I think the sisterhood 
will help me make more [friends]." 

Unlike Millsaps, however, MC's 
system seems to be more of the 
rushees choosing the tribes versus 
the tribes choosing them. On the 
night before squeal day, all of the 
girls' names are put into a box on 
cards. Listed on the cards are the 
girls' preferences They rank the tribes 
they'd like to be 
in. Then Inner 
Tribal Council (the 
equivalent of the 
rush chair and 
her committee 
of Gamma Chis) 
chooses the names 
from the box. 

For example, 
if a girl listed 
Swannanoa as her 
first choice, when 
her card is drawn 
that's the group 
she gets, unless 
Swannanoa has 
reached its cap of 
120 members (all 
tribes are capped 
at this amount) . If 
the tribe is already 
filled, then she 
would have to get 
her second choice 
or third and so on. 
Essentially, it's a 
system of random 

But the selection process is not 
always final. "If a girl doesn't enjoy 
the tribe, she can re-rush the next 
semester," says Chris Hobbs, alum 
of MC. Basically, each girl has the 
opportunity to go through the system 
until she gets the tribe she wants. 

"There's not a lot of pressure 
here at MC," says Gladney. You 
don't really have to try to impress 
anyone - everyone just wants you to 
be a part of something. " 

The idea of social clubs is not 
just for female students at MC. The 
males also have groups, known 
as Men's Clubs. The membership 
and rush is similar to that of 
the tribes, but of course there's 

differentiation. "Rarely will a guy 
re-rush," admits Hobbs. 

Each female tribe has four guys 
from these clubs known as their 
beaus. There is a beau for each 
class: freshman beau, sophomore 
beau, etc. The girls of the tribe all 
vote on the next beau. They are not 
randomly selected. The guy has no 
idea that he is being considered. The 
girls surprise him and make him beau. 

of fact, some of the activities are 
open. Female skit night is open to 
anyone, including those with video 
and digital cameras. Some of the 
social tribes even cross hands and 
perform their song at the end of the 
skit, for everyone to see. 

"Wow!" exclaimed junior Erin 
Shaw, a member of Alpha Kappa 
Alpha Sorority, Inc. "Well, if that's 

Photo submitted by Maggie Burks, MC student 
While Millsaps is home to Greek sororities and fraternities, Mississippi College of- 
fers students the chance to join social tribes and clubs. 

It's seen as an honor to be chosen. 
A beau is selected his freshman year 
and stays a beau through his four 
years. He is supposed to be like a 
brother to the girls. 

Lane Beasley, a junior, is a 
member of Civitan Men's Club, but 
is also a Laguna Beau. "We are here 
to provide humor and service to the 
girls of Laguna," he says. 

The social groups at MC are 
considered exactly that, groups. 
While members do refer to each 
other as brothers and sisters, they 
are not sororities or fraternities, or 
secret society groups. As a matter 

what they do, okay. But in public?" 

However, since the social tribes 
at MC are not sororities, many 
things they do might be considered 
unusual to Millsaps students. While 
they do acknowledge themselves 
as a sisterhood, the main emphasis 
seems to be to encourage one 
another. "It differs from sorority 
or fraternity life because nobody 
is trying to be better than anyone 
else. It's more of a support system," 
expresses Beasley. 

The Spot: A review of late-night 
Mediterranean oasis Aladdin's 

Ben Cain 

Staff Writer 

For many Millsaps students, 
there comes a time when we 
develop what I like to call "Caf- 
induced taste loss." For some, this 
dreaded condition starts to set in 
by the middle of the week, while 
tougher stomachs are able survive 
a steady diet of Caf meals until 
Friday or Saturday. Some stout 
souls have even been rumored to 
hold out for a week or more, but 
eventually they succumb, and the 
result is always the same. 

First you lose the ability to 
recognize the basic differences 
between chicken picatta and Italian 
baked chicken. Next, in an effort 
to bring some excitement back to 
mealtime, you begin to play "Caf 
roulette," a high-stakes game in 
which a student closes his or her 
eyes and randomly points at an 

entree in the "Cafe Classics" line. 
If left untreated, this condition 
can even drive students to the 
desperate length of trying rarely- 
tasted items like shoepeg corn or 
potato burgers. Take heart, my 
friends, you can recover from this 
frightening malady. The man with 
the cure is Mr. Yoseph Ali, owner 
and manager of Aladdin's, our 
local Mediterranean eatery. 

Ali has been dispensing his 
culinary comfort to Millsaps 
students since November of 
last year. His menu has over 70 
appetizing selections prepared 
with fresh ingredients, and prices 
generally fall in the $4 - to - $10 
range. Expect to find Mediterranean 
classics such as gyros and falafel 
as well as American favorites 
including club wraps and chili- 
cheese fries, all prepared before 
your eyes in the open kitchen. 

Students from Millsaps, 

Belhaven and UMC make up a 
large portion of Aladdin's business, 
so Ali has seen some strange sights 
over the past few months. He says 
that it isn't unusual for students to 
come in after a late-night party and 
stumble over one of his decorative 
palm trees or walk into the glass 
entrance door, but if you're hungry 
and coherent enough to negotiate 
these obstacles, Aladdin's offers 
a great nighttime alternative to 
Whataburger or Wendy's. 

Even if you are already a 
seasoned Aladdin's veteran, Ali 
has some great new changes on the 
way for you. Chef Mahmoud is now 
preparing daily lunch and dinner 
specials, and plans to renovate 
the dining area are already in the 
works. Also, starting next month, 
Aladdin's will feature live belly 
dancers from 7-9 p.m. on the first 
Friday of every month. 

Although Aladdin's is normally 

open 24 hours a day, the restaurant 
is currently open from 10:30 a.m. 
through midnight every day. This 
change is only temporary, and Mr. 
Ali plans to resume round-the- 
clock operation as soon as he is 
able to find a new night manager. 
The restaurant is easily accessible 
from campus. When you feel the 
need for a quick shawirma, just 
head north on State Street and bear 
right when the street splits near 
Veterans Memorial Stadium. From 
there, take a right onto Lakeland 
Drive at the red light near Cups 
and Conoco and look for Aladdin's 
on your left. The address is 730 
Lakeland Dr. 

Ali would also like to announce 
that during the month of October, 
Millsaps students can receive 
a free drink when they make a 
purchase of more than $4.25 and 
present a college ID. 

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•Fifth Annual Symphony @ 
Sunset Concert, on lawn of the 
Cedars Home; performing works 
from Andrew Lloyd Webber, 
Handel, Sousa, the Beatles 
and The Rolling Stones, 7 p.m. 

Friday 10/7 

>Miss. Museum of Art presents 
"Mirror, Mirror: Portraits and 
Self-Portraits" through Oct. 9 

>"The Gospel" premiers @ Regal 
and Cinemark Theatres 

Saturday 10/8 

•3 mile walk for Grace House @ 
Smith Park, 8 a.m. 

•Magnolia Ballroom Dancer's host 
dance in Ethnic Heritage 
Building @ the Ag Museum, 

VJS - 11 p.m. y 

Sunday 10/9 Wednesday 10/12 

•Fenian's New Orleans 
Musician Benefit featuring 
Chris Boone of Sol Fiya, Lynn 
Drury, Mike West, Billy Iuso 
and the Restless Natives, 
2-10 p.m., $5 

Monday 10/10 

•Live Delta Blues @ 930 Blues 

Cafe, free 
•Chicago Style Stepping Class at 
Santiago's, 7 p.m., free 

Tuesday 10/11 

•JSU Seminar: "Multicultural- 
International Impact of the Music 
of the Harlem Renaissance", Ayer 
Hall, fourth floor. 

•Morris Day & The Time 

at the Miss. State Fair, 

7:30 p.m., $5 
•Scott Miller & The 

Commonwealth at Hal & 

Mai's, 9 p.m., $5 

Thursday 10/13 

•Canton Flea Market, 1100 
booths, Canton Historic 
Courthouse Square, free 

•Open Mic Night @ 
Santiago's, 9 p.m., free 

The Life 

Review: Emotional movie explores racism in society 

Tyler O'Hara 

Staff writer 

"Crash", now out on DVD, is 
one of those special movies that 
everyone should see. 

The star-studded cast includes 
Don Cheadle, Sandra Bullock, 
Matt Dillon, Terrence Howard, 
Larenz Tate, Ryan Phillippe, 
Thandie Newton, Brendan Fraser 
and Ludacris. Despite all of 
the big names, "Crash" is not 
a stereotypical big name, big 
budget movie. 

"Crash" is almost impossible to 
summarize, with a message that 
is impossible to ignore. The film 
gives the audience a look into 
the lives of ordinary people of 
different races and backgrounds, 
whose lives intersect and their 
differences collide over the course 
of a day in Los Angeles. 

First, there's a bigoted police 
officer (Dillon) and his idealistic, 
young partner (Phillippe). Then 
there's an African American 
detective (Cheadle) who struggles 
with his drug-addicted mother 
and car-jacking brother (Tate). 
Michael Pena plays a Hispanic 
locksmith, whose disputes with 
Iranian storeowner (Shaun Toub) 
turn to violence and perhaps the 

most gut-wrenching moment of 
the film. 

We meet an African-American 
television director (Howard) and 
his light-skinned wife (Newton), 
whose conflicting views of making 
it in a racist world threaten to 
divide their marriage. 

Also included is the District 
Attorney of Los Angeles (Fraser) 
and his wife (Bullock), who 
struggles to come to grips with her 
own racially motivated fear and 
anger. Rounding out the group 
are two friends (Ludacris and 
Tate) who argue about why black 
people are stereotyped as thieves, 
thugs and gangsters, while they 
are criminals themselves. 

Writers Paul Haggis and 
Robert Moresco succeed in 
forming a script that gives people 
a look at the sorrows, hatred 
and complexities of racism in 
post-9/11 America. Haggis, who 
also directed the film, does a 
wonderful job of translating this 
raw emotion and prejudice onto 
the screen. Properly timed close- 
ups and moments of silence 
convey the confusion, pain and 
morality of the characters. 

Haggis directs the movie with 
the training wheels off, trusting 
the emotionally charged script 
and amazingly talented cast to 

tell the story. 

It is both frightening and 
sad how true to life the bigoted 
words and actions are in the film, 
inevitably causing tension and 
uneasy silence among viewers. 
However this makes "Crash's" 
message is heard loud and clear 
and the audience cannot help but 
ask, "How prejudiced am I?" 

While "Crash" has no real 
ending or conclusion, this is 
hardly a negative and barely even 
noticeable. The purpose of the 
movie is to show the problem of 
racism and allow the audience to 
come to its own conclusion. To 
have some kind of hard ending or 
resolution would be cheating the 
story and cheating the message of 
the film. 

Nobody can predict what will 
happen next in terms of race in 
America and the movie does not 
try to either. Forcing viewers to 
turn the mirror on themselves 
and ask questions about their 
lives and how they treat people 
may not be much of an ending, 
but it could be a great beginning. 

What are girls looking for? j^^^^jgcg^p^^ggk 

What exactly is it that drives certain women to certain men? Men wonder what it is that 
women look for in a guy. What is the secret to making women happy? Movies like "Hitch" 
and "What Women Want" are created to try to figure out the mysterious female psyche. 
Well, that's how the movies do it, but at Millsaps College, this is what girls are looking for: 

Bobbi lones 


Keyuan Zhang 


Erin Giles 


What personality traits are 

Wit and sarcasm are vital! 

What physical appearance 
is important? 

He has to have an athletic 

What do you expect in a 
first date? 

All doors must be opened for 
me. This is crucial. The first 
date should be a fun activity. 

What do you think the 
first kiss says about a 
relationship? A kiss has to 
be genuine and not something 
that seems too planned. No 
tongue on the first kiss. It 
gives the wrong impression. 

What makes or breaks a 
relationship for you? 

I can't ever date another guy 
who wears Old Spice. I like a 
guy with southern charm who 
makes it to all of my soccer 
games. If you can sit through 
90 minutes of that, you're 
definitely worth it. Cleanliness 
and hygiene! No more messy 
dorms. I don't like it when 
you walk into a guy's dorm, 
and it smells funky. 

What personality traits are 

He should be smart, funny, mature 
and faithful to the relationship. 
I would want him to have an 
attitude like mine toward life. I'm 
a positive person, so I don't want 
someone who is always thinking 
negatively. He should be strong- 
minded. I also think he should be 

What physical appearance is 

I don't really have a preference. I 
just don't want him to be too ugly! 

What do you expect in a first 

I expect him to be himself and 
respect me. I just want to feel good 
when I'm with him. 

What do you think the first kiss 
says about a relationship? 

I believe the first kiss is important 
because it tells you whether you 
ever want to kiss him again. There 
are many things that determine 
whether the relationship will work. 
A good first kiss is a plus. 

What makes or breaks a 
relationship for you? 

I wouldn't want to date a guy that 
wears pink shirts. I also wouldn't 
date a guy who is always calling 
and hanging out with his ex- 
girlfriend. If you're going to call 
your ex, don't call me! I don't want 
to date guys who have long hair. I 
like a guy who will watch a movie 
I want to watch. Even if he thinks 
it sucks. I would also love a guy 
who would eat what I cook. 

What personality traits are 

He should be honest, generous, 
sharing and have a sense of 
humor. Oh, and please, no 

What physical traits are 
important to you? 

Clean fingernails. Other than 
that, I'm not too picky. But, I 
don't dig light-skinned men. 

What do you expect in a first 

No sex! I expect to see interest. 
I want him to feel as though 
he wants to be there with me. 
He should open the car door 
because my mom is probably 

What does the first kiss say 
about a relationship? 

It depends on how soon the 
kiss comes. The first kiss is 
really important. If you take 
it too fast, then what does that 
say about the relationship? 

What makes or breaks a 
relationship for you? 

Two things that break it are lying 
and a lack of trust. Two things 
that make it are understanding 
and a shared sense of goals and 
dreams. He and I have got to be 
on the same page. 

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PACE 8 • THURSDAY, October 6, 2005 « THE P&W 


A conversation with: Mike Dubose 

Ben Cain 

Staff Writer 

In an interview which took 
place on Sept. 30, 2005, staff 
writer Ben Cain sat down with 
Millsaps College football Defensive 
Coordinator Mike Dubose to dis- 
cuss his first year with the Majors. 
The following is the first in a two- 
part series. 

Cain: What are some of the dif- 
ferences you see between Division 
I and Division III football pro- 

Dubose: The same things win 
everywhere. I think the biggest 
difference that I've seen here as 
opposed to being at other places 
is the amount of time that you 
have. In Division I everybody is 
allotted four hours a day, and 
here, we're basically working with 
two hours a day, so that's the 
biggest difference 

Major Calendar 


-Millsaps College at Centre College 
Oct. 8, 12:30 p.m. 

Men's Soccer: 

-Millsaps College at Centre College 
Oct. 7, 4:30 p.m. 

-Millsaps College at Sewanee 
Oct. 9, 2 p.m. 

Women's Soccer: 

-Millsaps College at Centre College 
Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m. 

-Millsaps College at Sewanee 
Oct. 9, 12 p.m. 


-Millsaps College vs. Rose-Hulman 
at Trinity 
Oct. 7, 11 a.m. 

-Millsaps College vs. Centre 
College at Trinity 
Oct! Y, 5 pirn! 

-Millsaps College vs. Sewanee at 
Oct. 8, 10 a.m. 

-Millsaps College vs. Oglethorpe 
University at Trinity 
Oct. 8, 2 p.m. 

-Millsaps College vs. DePauw 
University at Trinity 
Oct. 9, 10 a.m. 

Women's Tennis 

-Millsaps College at Washington 
and Lee Invitational 
Oct. 8 - Oct. 9 


-Millsaps College at Delta State 
Oct. 7 - Oct. 8 

Last Week's Scores 


L - Huntingdon College, 49-27 
Men's Soccer 

W - Delta State University, 2-1 

Women's Soccer 

W - Delta State University, 3-2 


L - Mississippi Valley State 
University, 3-0 

L - Freed Hardeman College, 3-0 
W - LeTburneau University, 3-0 
v W - University of Texas-Tyler, 3-2 

V s 

"At the beginning of the sea- 
son there was a lot of getting 
adjusted to the new season 
along with playing against 
some tough DI and DII teams. 
Our team is now adapting 
and trusting the new system. 
Trusting the system is exem- 
plified by the communication 
on the court." 

Coach Matt Linebarger, 
Head Volleyball Coach 

The Millsaps College Volleyball 
team made adjustments to their 
style of play as they headed into 
their first home matches of the 
season this past weekend. The 
Lady Majors beat both 
LeTburneau University and the 
University of Texas-Tyler to 
improve their record to 3-7. 

Cain: Does that difference 
affect your coaching methods? 

Dubose: Well, you're in a fix 
somewhat in that you don't have 
the ability to meet. You only have 
two hours a day, and as soon as 
the players get here, they go 
directly to the field. So you don't 
have time to meet and go over 
things. You actually have to coach 
on the run, so it makes time man- 
agement much more critical. You 
have to be more patient because 
you realize that it's going to take 
a little longer for the player, the 
student athlete, to comprehend 
and get to the point where he can 
react in pressure situations. It's 
not so much a matter of when 
you've got time to sit down and 
think about it. That part's pretty 
easy, but when the ball comes 
over and you've got to do that in 
less than a second, of course 
that's different. You just have to 
be a little more patient and under- 
stand that it takes a little bit 
longer because you don't have as 
much time. We're very fortunate, I 
think, because our first three 
games are non-conference games. 
They're important. We keep score, 
but they don't have the same 

emphasis as the conference 
games. So we're doing more 

able to execute it in pressure situ- 
ations quickly when we get to 

Photo courtesy of the Bobashela 
Coach Mike Dubose has brought his SEC championship defense to Millsaps 
College football. Players are adjusting to Dubose's style of coaching while 
Dubose adjusts to the Division III level of competition. 

maybe than we should, but we're conference play. 

doing it in an attempt for the play- Cain: Do you have a particular 

ers to learn the system and be favorite coaching moment? 

Dubose: There are so many. 
There are some ups, and there are 
some downs. Coaching is just like 
life. There are peaks and valleys. 
I think that the greatest memories, 
the fondest that I really have, the 
reason that I truly love coaching, 
is to see guys that maybe aren't 
quite as talented as some other 
guys, but you see them work, 
growing and improving and start- 
ing to make some plays that they 
didn't think they could make and 
maybe some that even you didn't 
think they could make, and you 
realize that that student athlete 
has improved more than maybe 
an Ail-American. That's where I 
really get the greatest thrill. It is 
to see the guy that maybe isn't 
quite as good, that the public 
doesn't recognize, but I recognize 
that he is playing not only up to 
his potential but above his poten- 
tial. God loves us all, but he does- 
n't give us all the same talents, 
and some guys are just playing so 
much over their head that the 
public doesn't recognize it 
because they don't see it every 
day. Where as coaches, we do. I 
think that's the greatest joy I have 
in this business. 

Millsaps faces tough tennis competition 

Tyler O'Hara 

Staff Writer 

The Millsaps men's and 
women's tennis teams recently 
competed in the Intercollegiate 
Tennis Association Regional 
Championships, which were held 
from Sept. 23-25 for women and 
Sept. 30-Oct. 2 for men. The ITA 
Regional Championships in the fall 
begin the process for players to 
qualify for the national champi- 
onships in the spring. The south 
region was played at Emory 
University. The Millsaps teams, 
already at a disadvantage because 
of lost practice time due to 
Hurricane Katrina, had to travel to 
Atlanta to compete. 

Thirteen teams competed in the 
women's South Regional 
Championships, and the Lady 
Majors were able to finish sixth in 
number of wins before leaving on 
the final day. Playing for Millsaps 

were Emily Stewart, Allisa Vincent, 
Beth Sadler, Kelsey McKnight and 
Crystal Bender. Unable to make the 
trip were Beth Piraino, Leslie Frese, 
Hillary Hamblen and two-time All- 
SCAC selection Katie Anderson. 
Nine of the 13 teams playing had 
more players than Millsaps. 

Beth Sadler, a sophomore says, 
"I think we did very well consider- 
ing we are very young and only 
practiced for about a week as a 
team. It shows we have very strong 
leadership, and Coach Scott 
Pennington is great," 

While the Lady Majors might be 
inexperienced, their athleticism 
was on display at the regional 
championships. Freshman Emily 
Stewart lost her first collegiate 
match but rebounded to make the 
finals of the main draw consolation 
bracket. Sadler won her consola- 
tion bracket in the B draw, beating 
Hilary Routon of Guilford 9-7 in the 
finals. Freshman Allisa Vincent and 
Crystal Bender, a grad school stu- 

dent who is new to tennis, each 
won two singles matches in the B- 
draw before losing to more experi- 
enced players. Freshmen Stewart 
and Vincent won the consolation 
draw in doubles, defeating teams 
from Mississippi College, Piedmont 
College and Guilford College. 

Competing for the men's team 
were Russell Turley, Chris Rolen, 
Tim Shoptaugh, Brock Newman, 
Michael Puckett, Trevor Harris and 
Wes Hill. The team played 
admirably, but according to sopho- 
rnpre player Wes Hill,. "We. probably 
didn't play as well as we wanted." 

Unfortunately, Russell Turley, a 
junior and the team's top player 
was injured in the third set of his 
match against teammate Chris 
Rolen. Serving 3-5, 40-15, Turley 
fell victim to cramps for the third 
time and was forced to retire 
because of injury. Freshman Tim 
Shoptaugh, playing in his first col- 
legiate match, lost to Ail-American 
doubles player Chris Fletcher of 

Methodist College. Junior Brock 
Newman lost to Keith Criscoe of 
Methodist, also an All-American 
doubles player, despite playing well 
in the match. Freshman Chris Rolen 
fell short in his match against 
Mississippi College's Porter Glover, 
winning by default due to injury 
against Russell Turley. He played 
well despite a groin injury in a los- 
ing effort to Oglethorpe's John 

Many of the matches were close 
and the team should be in good 
shape, after more practice, and game 
experience. Adds Hill, "We're' get- 
ting ready for the Millsaps 
Invitational in two weeks and we're 
really looking forward to it. 
Everyone is still positive. " 

Men's and women's Coach Scott 
Pennington expressed his satisfac- 
tion with his players' skill and work 
ethic, saying "I think it was a good 
success for both teams and I'm 
proud of them and how eager they 
are to get back at it." 

Majors look for winning record in 05 

Eric Sumrall 

Staff Writer 

The hopes of the Millsaps 
men's soccer team are outlined in 
the words of senior defender 
Franklin Childress. Childress 
says, "Our goal at this point is to 
have the first winning record in 
10 years." 

It has been nearly a decade 
since a Millsaps men's soccer 
team has finished the year with a 
winning record. The 2005 team 
has played to a record of 5-3-1. 
Their record includes a tie with 
cross-town rivals Belhaven and a 
non-conference win against Delta 
State University. 

Delta State is a NCAA Division 

II school, but their men's soccer 
team is only in its second year of 
existence. On the other hand, 
their ability to give athletic schol- 
arships does give them a distinct 
advantage. Before the Delta State 
game, men's soccer coach Lee 
Johnson said, "It's a good oppor- 
tunity for us to play a higher level 
opponent." Childress agreed, say- 
ing, "They [Delta State] should 
be a lot better this year." The 
Millsaps team has also defeated 
Rust College, Louisiana College 
and Huntingdon College. 

Both Johnson and Childress 
agree that the team has pro- 
gressed nicely since last season. 
"I think the season is going very 
well," says Childress. Coach 

Johnson adds, "We've done 
some good things this year that 
we weren't able to do last year." 

Along with the hope of a good 
season, Coach Johnson has tried 
to instill discipline in his players. 
With this in mind, five players 
were suspended for seven days 
for breaking a team rule. These 
players sat out the games last 
week against Belhaven, Delta 
State and Rust College. 

Conference play begins on 
Fri., Oct. 7 at Centre College. 
Childress says, "Conference play 
is always tough." Coach Johnson 
is optimistic about the team's 
chances, saying, "I believe we 
are going to be much more com- 
petitive [in conference play]." 

photo by Jason Jarin 
The Majors faced off against Delta 
State University last Friday night, 
beating the Division II rivals 2-1. 

Major Golf Athlete 

rhoie in Jason Jarli 

Michael Ameen 

Name: Michael Ameen 
Class: Sophomore 
Height: 5' 7" 
Weight: 170 

Hometown: Shreveport, La. 
Major: Undeclared 
Future Plans: Work? 


Food: New York Strip with a 
Power Bar for dessert 
Drink: Protein Shake 
Restaurant: Superior Grill 
Professor: Dr. Zale or Dr. Forbes 
Book: "Green Eggs and Ham" 
Band: The Killers 
Movie: "Forrest Gump" 
TV Show: "Law and Order" 
Sport to Play: Handball 

The Millsaps Majors golf team will play their second tournament of the fall sea- 
son this weekend at the Delta State Invitational. Ameen led the way to a third place fin- 
ish for the Majors earlier this season at the MC Invitational as he shot a 74. 

Millsaps celebrates 
diversity with new 
religious holiday 

Eric Sumrall 

Staff Writer 

Millsaps College has created a 
new religious holiday observance 
policy which is to be implemented 
this fall. The policy includes 
holidays celebrated by those 
of Jewish, Islamic, Hindu and 
Christian faiths. 

"I think it is an inclusive policy 
that shows we are embracing 
diversity here at Millsaps," says 
Sherryl Wilburn, director of 
Multicultural Affairs. Students 
are allowed to miss classes for a 
number of activities and allowing 
them to miss class for this reason 
seems quite appropriate." 

The new policy was created last 
spring by Dr. Don Fortenberry, 
Millsaps' former chaplain, and 
the Faculty Council in response 
to growing religious diversity 
at Millsaps. Dean of the College 
Richard Smith explains, "The 
Millsaps Faculty Council, the 
faculty, and myself feel that the 
Millsaps community is becoming 
more religiously diverse and 
we wished to develop a policy 
that would recognize and 
accommodate this growing 


Under the new policy, students 
with permission will be excused 
from attending classes on the 
days of certain religious holidays. 
The holidays for which a student 
may be excused are: Eid-al-Fitr 
and Eid-al-Adha in Islam, Diwali 
in Hinduism and Rosh Hashanah, 
Yom Kippur and Passover in 

The school already closes 
completely for the Christian 
holidays of Christmas, Good Friday 
and Easter. The newly observable 
holidays were chosen because 
of their significance within their 
religions. Smith says, "We tried 
to identify the major holidays in 
each religion that are comparable 
to the major Christian holidays 
that we already observe. " 

All students who wish to 
observe one of these holidays 
must give at least two weeks 
notice to the professors whose 
classes they will miss. An earlier 
warning is preferred, but two 
weeks is the minimum. Once a 
student has received the approval 
of their professors, he or she will 
receive an excused absence and 
will be allowed to make up any 
missed assignments. 

Holiday continued on page 3 


Photo by Jason Jarin 

The new associate members of Lambda Chi Alpha join other pledges during 
Sunday's Bid Day celebraton. 

Bunk up or pay up: 

Single room consolidation 

Chris Awwad 

Staff Writer 

Forty-eight Millsaps on-campus 
students, who currently do not 
have a roommate, have been given 
an ultimatum: Find a roommate or 
pay an additional fee. Due to a 
variety of circumstances, including 
students who transferred over 
the summer or who decided to 
live off campus, many students 
have found themselves living 
in a single room. The Office of 
Residence Life recently sent out an 
e-mail reminding these students 
that unless they find a roommate 
they will have to pay the cost of 
living in a single room. Because 
of these policies, 
established in the 
housing contract, 
students are now 
concerned about 
their residential 

"I don't 
why those who 
don't have a 
roommate are 
being punished," 
says junior 
Murray Petersen. 
"For some of us, 
it's not like we 
wanted to live by 
ourselves; it just 
happened. And 
now we have to 
either take time 
to search for a 
roommate or 
spend a lot of 
extra money." 

According to the student 
housing contract signed when 
students choose their dorms, if 
a student's roommate moves out 
they have two options: They can 
pay the cost for a single room, or 
they can find another roommate. 
Compared to the effort required to 
find a compatible roommate and 
accommodate them in the room, 
the buy-out option is simpler; 
however it is a bit costly. The rate 
for a single room is 150 percent of 
the double occupancy rate. 

Junior Christina Brotzman, 
who lives in a single room in New 
South Hall, says, "I don't really 
feel controversial about this issue 
because I was going to have to pay 
for a single room before I signed 

up to live in New South. But I do 
feel sorry for those who just lost 
their roommate and now are stuck 
with paying a fee. " 

Many students do not wish or 
are not able to pay the single room 
rate. The housing contract states 
that students have 30 days from 
the departure of the first roommate 
to secure another roommate and 
begin the consolidation process. 
Due to complications from the 
unscheduled "hurricane break," 
students were recently contacted by 
e-mail on Sept. 19, and the deadline 
is now set for Oct. 19 for those that 
are in this housing situation. 

Single room continued on page 3 

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photo by Jason Jarin 
Students who enjoy the extra room in dorms may be faced with 
finding a roommate or paying an additional fee. 

Working out 
during 'Walktober' 

Chelsi West 

The Life Editor 

The cooler temperatures 
outside and the change of colors 
seem to lure many people outside 
during the month of October. This 
year, however, many members of 
the Millsaps community are not 
referring to the month by this 
name, but instead are calling it 

As a solution to increase the 
number of daily walking steps and 
reduce nationwide numbers of 
obesity, Walktober is an initiative 
to motivate Americans to live a 
healthier lifestyle. 

"It sounds like a great way to 
get people motivated to do fitness 
programs," says freshman Alice 

Now members of both the 
Millsaps and Jackson community 
have the opportunity to participate 
in the walking effort. Thanks to 
Cindy Strine, director of Campus 
Recreation, Millsaps now has its 
own version of the Walktober 

"It's something that I've wanted 
to do for a while," says Strine. "We 
chose to do it because walking 
programs are easy to do. There's 
not a lot of equipment needed - 
basically a good pair of shoes." 

Millsaps is not the only school 
involved in the effort. Utah Valley 
State, Monroe Community College 
and Arkansas State are also 
hosting versions of the Walktober 

The national average of steps 
taken daily is four thousand, but 
many doctors and medical experts 
say that it should be around 10,000 
steps, which is about five miles. 

"Wow, I doubt that many of 
us here are actually doing that," 
expresses sophomore Brenna 

So how does one get started? 
You can go by the Hall Activities 
Center (HAC) to sign up. The 
cost is five dollars, mainly for 
the pedometer. Along with the 
pedometer, participants also 
receive a starter packet, daily e- 
mails about area walking events, 
recipe ideas for healthier eating 
and a bracelet. 

"There are no weigh- 
ins, no forms to turn 

in and no one to 
answer to. It's a self 
motivating process." 
Cindy Strine, 
Campus Recreation 

"People can sign up at any 
point during the program," says 
Strine. "This includes students, 
faculty, staff, their spouses and 
even parents if they live in the 
Jackson area." 

For people who are trying to 
get back into a program - or begin 
one for the first time - Strine says 
that she believes Walktober is a 
great starter. 

Participants will use the 
pedometer to track the average 
number of steps taken each day. 
For the first two or three days they 
are supposed to track their number 
of steps and then calculate a daily 
average. From there, the goal is 
to increase the number daily, 
eventually reaching 10,000 steps. 

The Life 

Find out what 
guys at Millsaps 
are looking for 
in women on 
page 7. 


Interested in a 
life-long liberal arts 
career? Check out 
pages 4 and 5. 

PAGE 2 •THURSDAY, October 13,2005 • THE P&W 

Contact Opinions Editor Sumner Holmes, (601 ) 974-1211 holmesl@mills.ips.ed 

Administration's dorm policy unfair to students 


An e-mail was recently sent from the administration to students lacking a roommate informing them that a 150 percent double occupancy fee will be charged to their account unless 
they found a roommate in the near future. Soon after, the campus was abuzz concerning the situation at hand. Everyone knew at least one person in such a predicament. 

It has to be asked though- did these students request a single room? The students receive their letters during the summer just like everyone else and saw no roommate listed. Most 
students know that if you are in a single room, you may be assigned a roommate at any time during the semester, but most transfers do not move in the middle of a semester. So, the 
answer to the question at hand is no; a student that requests a private room must do so in the previous semester and has full knowledge of the fee impending they are responsible for 

^Thf administration however, does have the full right to move students around to whichever dorm it deems necessary. When Hurricane Katrina hit the coastal areas of Louisiana and 
Mississippi, Millsaps held out its hands to those students affected by the tragic storm. We needed the space for rooms, so the single room occupants were notified they may get a room- 
mate in the next few days or weeks. . 

The transfers are now here, there are still numerous single rooms, and the fee is still being implied. It is a reasonable assumption to make by saying that the administration is trying 
to save a little extra money. Having two students living in one room instead of two living in two rooms would save some on the electric bill. Most dorms on campus have central air 
and heating so the money would still fly out of the vents whether a student occupies a room or not. 

Do we really need the room though? Enrollment is lower than expectations and it will most likely dwindle next semester due to the hurricane transfers returning to their schools. 

If these students are actually forced to move yet again to another dorm during the middle of the semester we are going to see a lot of unhappy people around campus. They just got 
their room the way they like it and now they have to fit more stuff into an already half occupied room. 

Does he realize what he said? 

flHf . 

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Chelsi West 


"If you wanted to reduce crime, you could - if that were your sole 
purpose - you could abort every black baby in this country and your 
crime rate would go down." - Bill Bennett 

It doesn't matter what he meant by this statement. It doesn't matter 
that he was speaking in hypothetical terms. It doesn't matter that he was 
attempting to draw a connection between abortion and crime rate. It 
doesn't matter if afterwards he says that it would be an impossible, ridicu- 
lous and morally reprehensible thing to do. The fact is that he said it. And 
he said it on public radio. 

Bill Bennett, ladies and gentlemen, Bennett, a man who has served in 
the cabinet of two presidents in this nation, a man who has written books 
about morality in our country. A man, who, in some ways, has been a 
leader in the United States, has just made one of the most demoralizing 
statements in history. 

I'm not angry because he tried to connect abortion with crime rates that 
others have also done this before. It's the fact that he tied in race that 
upsets me the most. And not just because I am a member of the race he 
targets, but because I am a member of the country that he too calls home. 

For a moment, let's forget the idea of race or ethnicity. Let's remember 
that we're all Americans. Let's remember that we're all members of this 
country. Let's remember that as members of the same nation, the same 
family, that in some sense we are all brothers and sisters. Okay Bennett, 
now that I've drawn the conclusion that we're all related, you mean to tell 
me that you think killing your brothers and sisters would be a solution to 
a problem? 

But yet, while many are reacting harshly to what Bennett has proposed 
as a "solution," I feel as though he's not fully aware of what he has done. 
Yes, he did piss off an entire race of people. And yes, he did make the 
Republican Party look bad (some feel this is the worse thing, go figure!). 
But actually, few fail to acknowledge the worst thing that Bennett's state- 
ment has done. 

Let me paint a picture for you: a young black male, age 13, whose 
older cousin just went to prison because of drug possession. His uncle was 
recently released. He sees rap videos on TV that capture the lives of 
African Americans in jail, singing about life behind bars. He watches the 
news at night as a black man is arrested for armed robbery. Because of the 
world around him, he acquires the mentality that most (if not all) black 
men go to prison at some point. 

This black male is my younger brother. And he told me that he might 
as well get ready to go to prison because that's what black men do. 
Astonished at his comment, I yelled at him, informing him that our father 
never went to jail and neither did our grandfather, godfather, etc. I named 
countless numbers of successful black men who have never stepped foot 
in a prison. I urged him to invest in his future, to realize his potential and 
decide what he would positively contribute to society. 

Well congratulations Bill Bennett, because you have just taken that 
away. The mentality that I, along with many others, have tried to erase, 
you just reinforced with your statement. I don't care if y ou realize t hat it 
would be ridiculous - you said it. Arid by that, you T verevealed your true 
colors. I hope you're proud of yourself. 

Encourage downtown growth 

ichael Bell 


A city can generally be characterized by its downtown... usually 
because that's where the action is. But this isn't the case for Jackson. 
Downtown Jackson is primarily a place where people work. If you ever 
drive down Capitol Street on a Saturday you'd think you had wandered 
into a ghost town... eerie. We've all heard the cliche, "all work and no play 
makes Jack a dull boy." Well, Jackson has a case of downtown dullness, 
since there are plenty of places to work but very few for entertainment. 

I'm glad there is a push for improving downtown. The Convention 
Center and downtown residential development will hopefully be a suc- 
cessful cause for migration toward a precious, central part of our city. 

Jackson seems to be losing its sense of community due to the large dispar- 
ity between rich and poor, as well as the segregated demographics. The 
dignity of our city is at stake. If we could improve downtown, we could 
improve Jackson. 

Memphis recently went through a similar stage of downtown improve- 
ment. Five to ten years ago, downtown Memphis was an unfamiliar and 
even frightening place with high crime and poverty rates. Improving Beale 
Street and the opening of the Peabody Place Mall and FedEx Forum led to 
a new downtown full of life. 

There are numerous ways to improve the downtown area. For example, 
Farish Street has potential to be the most beautiful street in the city; 
instead it lies mostly vacant with one or two places to eat (Peaches soul 
food is a cool place to dine). Having a street like Bourbon or Beale Street 
where citizens from all over could commune, interact and have a good 
time would not only bring massive revenue (which is a dire need) to the 
city but would also, hopefully, improve social awareness in our city. 

I am extremely happy to hear of the rejuvenation of the King Edward, 
and rumors of renewing Farish Street, but the money isn't there. If the 
people and businesses of Jackson are afraid to venture downtown the 
cause is lost. All it takes is those few fearless frontiersmen to set up shop 
in the wilderness and others will follow. So please, if you're hungry, do 
not hesitate to drive five minutes and grab a bite to eat downtown and 
encourage growth. Because if the demand is not there neither are the 
shops, so don't just encourage growth of downtown... DEMAND IT! 

You got somthing to say? 

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2004-2005 Judicial Affairs Activity Report 

Conducted 137 inquiries from campus reports that resulted in 128 
students being charged with a violation of the Code of Conduct. 

Alcohol Violations 
Responsible: 98 
Not responsible: 7 

Drug Use/Possession 
Responsible: 7 
Not responsible: 4 

Responsible: 4 
Not responsible: 4 

Fire Code/Safety 
Responsible: 1 



Harassment (non-sexuaO 
Not responsible: 1 


Responsible: 12 
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Single room continued from page 1 

It is the student's responsibility 
to find a replacement roommate, 
according to the Office of 
Residential Life. However, the 
Office will provide the names of 
possible replacement roommates 
if the student requests them. 
As students attempt to find a 
roommate, they are asked to 
notify Residence Life on the 
status of their search and the 
results of each conversation with 
prospective replacements. This 
informs the Office that the student 
is demonstrating a concerted 
effort to find a replacement. 
Students who do not make an 
effort to find a new roommate 
will automatically be charged for 
a private room at the end of the 
time period. 

Once two students have 
agreed to share a room, they 

must decide which student must 
move into the other room. After 
a decision is made, they must 
contact Residence Life and make 
their decision official by signing 
appropriate documentation. 

Many students question the 
need to consolidate single rooms. 
Speaking of the provisions set 
forth in the student housing 
contract, Assistant Director of 
Residence Life Kendrick Schetter 
says, "Continuity is the reason 
that the policy is included in the 
contract. We're just trying to keep 
everything fair for all students. 
Anybody in a private room should 
be paying for a private room." 

There are many different 
sentiments present about the 
room consolidation. Freshman 
Geoffrey Mo, who began the 
year without a roommate says, "I 

don't really care." Most students, 
however, are more concerned 
about how they will be affected 
by next week's deadline. 

Though the plan devised by 
the Office of Residence Life seems 
to be foolproof, there are several 
stipulations that could get in 
the way, such as those students 
wishing to room with an upper- 
or under-classman. 

Bob Hogan is dealing with 
this difficulty. "I haven't had 
that much luck," says Hogan, a 
sophomore living on the freshman 
side of campus. Hogan was 
assigned a room in Sanderson 
at the beginning of the semester, 
without a roommate. Hogan's 
roommate from last semester was 
not able to return to campus this 
semester. Hogan has encountered 
significant difficult in his attempts 

to find a roommate due to the fact 
that the vast majority of Hogan's 
sophomore classmates live on the 
other side of campus. "It's not my 
fault," adds Hogan. 

While Hogan has found several 
freshmen that would be willing 
to share a room, he is awaiting 
approval for one of them to move 
in. Hogan is unsure whether he 
will still be assessed the single 
room fee if the Office of Residence 
Life does not make their decision 
until after the deadline. 

Even students who have 
roommates sympathize with the 
plight of these students. Freshman 
Stephanie Maxwell says, "I think 
it's really unfortunate for the 
people being affected. I guess it's 
one of those things in small print 
that no one ever thought would 

Holiday continued from page 1 

Reaction from students 
and faculty has been positive. 
Sophomore Ani Pareek, a Hindu, 
says, "I think this policy is 
excellent. I think it is a good 
chance to expose students 
and teachers to other cultures. 
Diwali is a big deal to Hindus, 
and I appreciate the fact that it is 
recognized here at Millsaps." 

"Having a student penalized 
for the observance of a religious 
holiday is outrageous!" says 
sophomore Harrison Wool, 
President of the Jewish Cultural 
Organization. "That student is 
faced with a double edged sword, 
per se. On one hand their grade 
suffers for missing class, but on 
the other their spiritual bond with 

their creator is jeopardized." 

Dr. James Bowley of the 
Religious Studies department 
agrees that the policy is a good 
thing for Millsaps. He says, "I 
think it is a very positive step that 
shows respect for other religions, 
and we could say it's one more 
step toward fulfilling the Golden 
Rule. I think [it] enriches our 

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whole community and helps 
us recognize our differences as 
well as our common humanity." 
Bowley would also like to 
note that the Religious Studies 
department has a bulletin board 
calendar that lists all the major 
religious holidays for each 


Security Report 

Sept. 26 

Theft-Petty Larceny 

At approximately 12:12 p.m., a lieutenant 
received a call from a faculty secretary about 
a student who had a purse stolen out of the 
women's restroom in Olin Hall. He met the 
student (junior) who stated that upon going 
into the women's restroom, she placed her 
book bag and purse, unattended on the vanity 
shelf, and entered one of the stalls. She said 
there was one other person in another stall but 
all she could make out was that they had on 
dark shoes and green pants. She stated that 
she was not in there long, and when she came 
out she noticed her purse was gone. She was 
advised to notify her bank and cell phone 
company. All the trash cans in the area were 
checked and nothing was found. 

Sept. 30 

At approximately 11:45 p.m., officers were 
dispatched to an alleged assault at a residence 
hall. Upon arrival, they spoke with a former 
student who claimed that a sophomore (former 
boyfriend) assaulted her and took her keys 
and would not return them. He stated that he 
did not assault her, and he did not have her 
keys. Upon entrance to his room, the officers 
observed copious amounts of alcohol present 
in his room. The student being underage, 
all alcohol was confiscated. The "on-call" 
professional was notified. The student's father 
arrived at approx. 12:30 a.m. The complainant 
found her keys at another location and advised 
that she would not press charges. She was told 
to leave campus. 

Sept. 30 

Student Rules (Noise) 

At approximately 8 p.m., an officer was working 
campus patrol. Dispatch issued a call regarding 

a noise disturbance at a residence hall. The 
complainant (a senior) reported shouting and 
banging noises coming from the room directly 
above his. Upon arrival, the officer waited in 
the hallway and heard a male voice speaking 
loudly and at times nearly shouting at someone 
on a telephone. After hearing what sounded 
like furniture being hit, the officer knocked on 
the door and informed him he would need to 
stop the noisy behavior. The subject said he 
would finish the phone call out in his car. 

Sept. 30 

Alcohol Violation 

At approx. 11:45 p.m., while answering a call 
for an alleged assault, two officers observed a 
large amount of alcohol containers in another 
room. After learning the occupants were 
underage, everyone in the room was asked 
to leave. After asking for the RA, the officers 
searched the room and confiscated six bottles 
of beer. The occupant that was present was 
advised that he would be given an alcohol 

October 10 

At approximately 11:20 a.m., Campus Safety 
received a report from an RA that the glass in 
one of fire extinguishers boxes was broken. 

October 2 
Assault Simple 

At approximately 1:30 a.m., two officers 
were dispatched to a fraternity house for an 
alleged assault. Upon arrival they spoke with 
the complainant (junior) who stated that he 
was assaulted in his room by a freshman. 
The complainant was brought to the Office 
of Campus Safety and was asked to write a 
statement as to what occurred. Later the subject 
came to the Campus Safety Office and wrote 

his statement. At 4 a.m., the lieutenant talked 
with the complainant about pressing criminal 
charges against the subject, and he stated he 
did not want to at that time. The subject was 
told he wasn't to go to that fraternity house or 
be on their property until further notice. When 
the subject was asked if he had been drinking, 
his reply was, "I have been drinking." 

October 2 

Disorderly Conduct 

At approximately 1:45 a.m. officers were 
dispatched to disperse a large crowd of 
students and guests creating a disturbance on 
Fraternity Row. Upon arrival, they attempted to 
clear the street, but were unsuccessful because 
the students refused to comply. All guests, 
however, did comply and left campus. As 
the disturbance continued for approximately 
30 minutes, with no progress of dispersion, 
Jackson Police Department was notified for 
assistance. The lieutenant was made aware 
of the situation. JPD officers arrived at 
approximately 3:15 a.m. 

October 2 
Vandalism- Vehicle 

Between 2:25 a.m. and 2:30 a.m., the security 
cart was taken from a parked location in front 
of the dumpster in front of a fraternity house 
and moved to a grassy area between two 
fraternity houses. The officer discovered the 
cart turned over on its side at approximately 
2:40 a.m. At approximately 3 a.m., a student 
approached the officers and told them that he 
could identify the subject (sophomore) that 
turned the cart over. On Oct. 3, pictures were 
taken of the damage to the golf cart. 

Walktober continued from page 1 

"Sounds like I could get my 
steps by just going to class," asserts 
sophomore Antonio Blackmon. 

Included in the program packet 
for Walktober is a transitional 
guide for those individuals who 
are already involved in some sort 
of physical activity. For example, 
if you are cross country runner, 
you can simply use the guide to 
calculate how many steps you take 
when you run. 

Also included are helpful hints 
of what people can do in order to 
increase the number of steps that 
they take daily. "I encourage people 
to walk across campus or walk and 
talk instead of just sitting down," 
advises Strine. "People don't realize 
where they add steps." 

The Walktober program at 
Millsaps has been extended 
through Nov. 5, and you can stop 
by the HAC to sign up. 

"It might be a good idea to sign 
up with a buddy so that someone 
can do it with you," offers Strine. 
"I know 1 have my pedometer on 
and I write [my number of steps] 
down every day. " 

Upcoming events through the 
Department of Campus Recreation 
include a winter games activity 
in February and a 10K event in 
the spring. For more information, 
you can contact the Department at 
(601) 974-1189. 

going on? 

2005 Judge William C. Re- 
ady Distinguished Lecture 

Monday, October 24, 2005, 
7:30 PM 

Mississippi College School 
of Law Conference Center 
Join the Mississippi Human- 
ities Council and the Missis- 
sippi College School of Law 
for the 2005 Judge William 
C. Ready Distinguished 
Lecture VIII presented by 
Mississippi Supreme Court 
Justice James E. Graves, Jr. 

Dance Team Tryouts 

Friday, October 14 
2:30-4 p.m. clinic 
4-4:45 p.m. practice 
4:45 p.m. tryout 
Hall Activities Center Gym 
Participants will learn a 
dance during clinic to per- 

Assassin Game 

Sign-ups are located outside 
the caf Tuesday thru Thurs- 

Game starts next week 
Presented by: A.C.E. 

Ticket Appeals 

Go to http://www.millsaps. 
edu/safety/ appealform.html 

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New Stage Theater offers new 
opportunities to theatre majors 

Candice Fisher 

Staff Writer 

Most theatre majors were 
involved in high school or 
regional theatre programs, acted 
in productions, designed sets 
or costumes or even directed 
shows. This initial interest in the 
performing arts leads to degrees 
in theatre. However, many theatre 
majors often wonder what they will 
do once their degree requirements 
are completed and they are forced 
to find a job. Reality sets in all too 
quickly for aspiring actors with 
dreams of moving to New York. 
Though it happens for some, the 
majority of novice actors need 
a backup plan. A local theatre 
group, The New Stage Theater, 
has advice for those considering 
majoring in theatre, or recent 
theatre graduates wondering what 
to do next. 

Patrick Benton, artistic director 
for New Stage as well as an 
adjunct instructor at Millsaps, was 
more than willing to offer advice 
to budding thespians. "First off, 
realize that flexibility is a necessity 
in the theatre world," Benton 
emphasizes. Not everyone has a 
leading role in every production. 
Every theatre needs directors, 
set designers, writers, marketing 
directors, business directors, box 
office salesmen; the list is endless. 

According to the pragmatic 
Benton, "a theatre is more than a 
mere stage; it's a business." 

If someone is considering a 
professional career in theatre, he 
or she must be willing to fulfill 
other roles besides that of actor. 
Because of this, theatre gives 
everyone a chance to do a little bit 
of everything. Actors get to take 
a shot at directing; directors 
have the opportunity to dabble 
in set design. The job is 
constantly changing. 

Those whose forte is advertising 
have the ability to work on 
production promotions. Many 
theatre majors have backgrounds 
as actors. This is usually the 

area that draws people into the 
performing arts. Yet, if one is 
seriously considering going into 
professional theatre, they cannot 
limit themselves to acting alone. 

Krishna Myers, the box office 
manager at New Stage, was a 
theatre major in college. After 
graduation, she was faced with 
the problem of finding a steady 
job. In addition to acting, she had 
learned to be proficient in doing 
hair and makeup. 

"I wasn't sure what I wanted 
to do, so I just started applying 
for jobs wherever there was an 
opening," Myers explains. 

This led her to the Julliard 
School in New York City where 
she worked as a hair and makeup 
artist. Myers wholeheartedly 
agreed with Benton on the count 
that flexibility is the key in this 
industry. "A theatre major will 
not get anywhere if they limit 
themselves," Myers advises. 

"The main reason that a backup 
plan is needed if a theatre student 
is planning to move to New York 
City and become famous is that the 
industry is highly competitive," 
Benton warns. 

Certain roles require the actor 
to have certain looks. There 
are height, weight, gender and 
ethnicity requirements. This is 
where the beauty of regional 
theatre comes in. 

Local theatre companies allow 
thespians to get involved and have 
the career of their dreams without 
moving to the Big Apple. 

Benton is a proponent of local 
theatre. "If all theatre was based 
in New York, what a shame for the 
rest of the country," he says. 

Theatre graduates are given 
the opportunity to live in the 
city of their choice and still have 
the career they've trained for. 
For example, Benton acted in a 
production of "Rumors" at New 
Stage, and through talking with 
those that worked there was 
offered the position of educational 
director. His job description 
entailed teaching and organizing 

There is more to a theater major than just being on stage, with places like New Stage Theater 

their doors open to directors, set designers, writers and many other positions backstage. 

acting classes, as well as training 
other teachers. 

From there, he went on to be 
offered the artistic director office, 
which he presently holds. He says 
that attitude helped him the most. 
Being open to doing different jobs, 
though his initial interest was 
acting on stage, gave him many 
more opportunities. 

Most regional theaters offer 
opportunities to theatre students 
and graduates. New Stage offers 
four internships a year. This year, 
two of the four interns are recent 
Millsaps graduates. 

The idea behind these 
internships is to help theatre 
majors transition from students 
to professional thespians. Interns 
learn how to work in all aspects 
of a theatre. They are able to 
student teach in acting classes, 
assistant direct productions and 

run the box office. Perhaps the 
most exciting aspect of being 
an intern is the chance to travel 
with an acting troupe. Whether 
as an actor or stage manager, 
interns can tour the country with 
theatrical professionals. 

. Another piece of advice from 
New Stage is to be involved in 
college theatre programs. "Do as 
much as you can. College theatre 
programs are there for a reason," 
says Benton. 

He advises to audition for as 
many shows as possible and to not 
be limited to onstage roles. (Work 
with costumes, lighting; set design 
is also valuable experience.) 

Being knowledgeable in 
multiple areas of theatre will give 
theatre majors an edge when trying 
to find a job one day. "A liberal 
arts education is vital to working 
in theatre; variety is a key in this 

profession," Benton explains. 

A liberal arts education prepares 
a student to be knowledgeable in 
many different areas. Backgrounds 
in English, history, philosophy or 
art are always beneficial in the 
world of theatre. 

With all the possibilities set 
before them, theatre majors should 
never despair in finding work. 
If one keeps an open mind, the 
career possibilities are endless. 

Regional theaters are ideal 
places to find internships, and to 
apply for jobs later on. 

Those already in the industry, 
such as Benton and Myers, are 
usually more than happy to offer 
advice to budding thespians. 

Theatre majors lead to all kinds 
of opportunities, and should not 
be discredited. 

Some grads' careers may be history 

Chris Spear 

Staff Writer 

Think of the words "history" 
and "archives," and flashes of 
yellowed pages, dusty books 
and droning professors probably 
pop into your mind. Yet, what 
if you read Eudora Welty and 
William Faulkner's handwritten 
manuscripts as part of your job? 
Or explored the history of Jackson 
during the Civil War? Many 
Millsaps students, not just history 
majors, can find intriguing career 
options in the fields of historical 
preservation and archives almost 
literally in their backyard. Jackson 
offers careers that are both 
available and worthwhile, ranging 
anywhere from Natchez Indian 
archaeology to documenting the 
rise of Methodism in Mississippi. 

The single state department 
responsible for such massive 
undertakings is the Mississippi 
Department of Archives and 
History (MDAH). Despite its staid 
nomenclature, the MDAH is in fact 

quite the modern organization, 
with a multi-million dollar budget 
dedicated to the preservation of 
numerous Mississippi landmarks 
around the state. These landmarks 
are historical in nature, but they 
require a broad range of workers 
to keep the entire system up-to- 
date and secure. 

For instance, just off the 
Mississippi Fairgrounds on North 
Street, the William F. Winter 
building houses the historians and 
archivists who work directly with 
the materials of the state's past. 
However, those historians need 
their computers for storing records 
-thus the Computer Services 
department. The archivists need 
assistants and curators - thus the 
human resources department. 
Then there's the transcription 
section, the financial department, 
public relations, copywriters and 
the list goes on and on. 

"We have entry-level positions 
for English majors, history majors, 
political science or if you're just 
interested in history," says Clara 

McKinnon, Director of Human 
Resources at MDAH. McKinnon 
further explains that tour guides 
are needed for sites like the 
ancient Indian ceremonial earthen 
mounds in Greenville, and capable 
administrators have to make sure 
the whole business continues to 
run smoothly. 

There's no need to change 
surroundings for some of these 
jobs, either. Within a mile of 
the Millsaps campus stands 
the Manship House, home to 
Jackson's mayor during the Civil 
War, the house and garden of 
world-renowned writer Eudora 
Welty and the colossal State 
Capitol building, built on the old 
state jail. 

All these locations, not to 
mention the main Mississippi 
Department of Archives and 
History building on North 
Street, need Millsaps grads to fill 
positions. Even those who feared 
to tread within the Christian 
Center's history department 
during their tenure at college can 

still find their fortune with the 
state archives: Millsaps alum H. 
T. Holmes now oversees the entire 
MDAH operation as director. 

For those who love Millsaps too 
much even to leave campus after 
graduation, there is still hope. 
College Archivist Debra Mcintosh 
keeps tabs on the records of 
Mississippi Methodism and of the 
history of the college. 

Since 1992, she has worked as 
a library staff member, interacting 
with the many genealogists, 
authors, former students, 
Methodist church historians, and 
other members of the public who 
frequent the Millsaps College 
Archives. Even Raising Cane's 
Restaurants recently called in, 
asking Mcintosh for permission to 
use historical Millsaps photos in 
their new County Line location. 

Trained as an accountant, 
Mcintosh has found the position 
of Archivist to be rewarding. "I 
enjoy the public service aspect of 
it," she says. "It goes beyond-the 
papers, manuscripts and books, to 

figure out how to introduce them 
and open them up to the people 
who need the resources." She adds 
that she first accepted the position 
due to the interest in history 
she shared with her husband, a 
Millsaps history grad. 

Mcintosh also concurs that 
graduates need not be history 
majors. "In student assistants, we 
look for detail-oriented people, 
business majors, English majors. 
It helps to have a love of books 
and information," she says. 

So don't despair over a job once 
you've got that Millsaps degree 
in hand. There are possibilities 
for computer science, literature, 
art history, archaeology and 
nearly every other major in the 
fields of archives and landmark 

If you've got a hankering for 
history after Commencement 
this year, explore the careers 
available right here in Jackson. 
It may very well be that your 
future lies in the past. 



Careers in journalism arduous, rewarding 

Catherine Schmidt 

Staff Writer 

Many writers know from a very 
young age that they are different. 
Maybe they enjoyed reading 
during recess more than playing 
kickball. Perhaps they experienced 
a perverse pleasure in completing 
grammar exercises. Maybe they 
were fascinated by observing their 
classmates, noting each one's 

While most of his classmates 
were only just beginning to 
understand the mechanics of 
the written English language, 
Rick Cleveland, sports columnist 
for "The Clarion Ledger," knew 
he wanted to have a career in 
writing when he was ten years 
old. His father's job as the 
sports information director at the 
University of Southern Mississippi 
allowed Cleveland to have the 
opportunity to work in the press 
box at athletic events, where he 
encountered many sports writers. 

"I noticed that the sports 
writers who came to cover games 
there sure did seem to be having 
more fun than people who were 
doing any other kinds of jobs. I 
figured that if I could have a job 
where they would pay me to do 
something that I liked to do, that 
would be the best of all possible 
worlds," recounts Cleveland. 

By the time he was thirteen, 
Cleveland worked part time as 
a sports "stringer," reporting 
about various athletic games. Too 
young to drive, Cleveland was 
transported to the games by his 
father and wrote his first stories 
on a manual typewriter. 

While Cleveland has no regrets 
on his decision to pursue a career 
in journalism, he advises the wary 
to "only [go into journalism] if you 
just can't imagine yourself doing 
something else, because you're 
going to work long hours; you're 
not going to make as much money 

as you could make in other fields. . . 
You really have to love what you're 
doing. If you don't love it, it can be 
a pretty hard existence. " 

For the brave soul who decides 
to enter the realm of the writing 
world, a new dilemma arises: 
whether or not to go straight into 
graduate school or to first secure 
a job with a newspaper or a 
publishing company. 

For Donna Ladd, editor-in-chief 
and owner of the local alternative 
newspaper the "Jackson Free 
Press," getting experience as a 
journalist seemed more urgent. 
Ladd moved from her hometown 
in Neshoba County to New York 
City, where she worked as a 
marketer of a magazine during 
the day and as a freelance writer 
for "The Village Voice" and other 
alternative papers at night. While 
she eventually decided to attend 
graduate school to obtain a masters 
degree in journalism at Columbia 
University, Ladd says she never 
would have been able to pursue 
her studies in journalism without 
having had initial experience in 
the writing world. 

"Writing and journalism are 
crafts; they're skills to be honed," 
explains Ladd. "So much of it has 
to do with your frame of reference 
and your knowledge of the world, 
and that's on every level— you 
know, not just the knowledge that 
you're taught at an Ivy League 
school or not just the knowledge 
you learn on the streets. It's a 
combination of the two, and I 
think you're going to be limited 
at what you get out of a graduate 
school experience if you don't 
know the questions to ask." 

Cleveland and Jerry Mitchell, 
an investigative reporter for "The 
Clarion Ledger," both agree with 
Ladd's opinion that experience as 
a journalist is more essential and 
urgent than attending graduate 
school. Cleveland, Mitchell and 
Ladd also believe that there will 
always be a need for investigative 

Photo by Catherine Schmidt 
The professional journalist is forced to put his or her nose to the grind for long hours in this 
exacting, but rewarding profession. 

and genuinely curious journalists. 

"Journalism is a great 
profession. I think there's always 
going to be a demand, even with 
the Internet, for people who can 
take volumes of information and 
make it understandable to the 
general public," says Mitchell. 
"There's also always going to 
be a demand for compelling 
stories and for a watchdog... I 
think journalism is a very noble 
profession. It's gotten kicked 
around a lot, perhaps rightly so 
because of tabloid journalism and 
one source stories, but regular 
journalists kind of get lumped in 
with the tabloids." 

Just as there will always be a 
need for writers, there will always 
be a need for grammarians who 
make a living as copy editors 
for newspapers or publishing 
companies. Nicole Valaire, a native 
of Australia and a graduate of Yale 
University, edits manuscripts for 
the publishing company Simon & 
Schuster. A resident of Madison, 

Valaire receives manuscripts in the 
mail and has between two to three 
weeks to check the manuscripts 
for grammar and spelling errors 
before sending them back. Valaire 
edits mostly young adult fiction 
but has also edited mysteries, 
romances, science fiction novels 
and nonfiction works. 

"I enjoy it very much— I love 
being paid to read... It can get 
tedious at times, but most of the 
time it's not because I love spelling 
and grammar. The bigger of a 
mess a manuscript is, the more 
challenging it is, and the more fun 
it is," claims Valaire. 

For those who would like to work 
in the copy-editing field, Valaire 
suggests interning at a publishing 
house over the summer as she did. 
Valairg.spejtf Jiex surnrnexs .editing 
at Harry Abram and Scholastic and' 
stresses the importance of making 
contacts within the publishing 
community. Those interested in 
being a journalist should secure 
internships at local newspapers in 

order to gain the experience and 
contacts necessary for the field. 

Cleveland, Ladd, Mitchell and 
Valaire prove that you do not 
have to move thousands of miles 
away from Mississippi to make 
a living as a writer or editor. In 
fact, the intimate size of Jackson 
provides a greater opportunity to 
be noticed as a writer and to make 
an immediate difference in the 

"In an Arts Alliance report I saw 
a couple years ago, they had these 
consultants come in to Jackson," 
Ladd recalls. "One of the things 
they said about Jackson is that 
artistically, it's a sleeping giant. 
It's just that we need to wake the 
giant and get people to have some 
pride in that. So much a part of 
what we have done has .been t o try 
to ,; der just 'that: to wake* the -grant 
and then to report about him so 
people know he's here and to get 
people to be proud of this thing." 

Career Center caters to the confused 

Allan Eyrich 

Staff Writer 

On the third floor of the College 
Center in Room 329 is the Career 
Resource Center for Millsaps 
College. Every week, the Career 
Center offers a variety of services 
for students and alumni in 
academic and career development. 
"Overall, the Center is here to help 
the students find or get a start in 
life after Millsaps in a place where 
they want to be," states Career 
Center director Tonya Craft. 

As their time at Millsaps draws 
to a close, many seniors have still 
not come to a conclusion on what 
profession they want to pursue after 
college. "A handful are confused," 
observes Craft. "They've gotten to 
their senior year and are not quite 
sure what they want to do with 
their life." For these students, the 

Career Center has set up a variety 
of services for students to set them 
on the right track. 

Firstly, the staff offer career 
coaching to students who have 
difficulty in deciding their 
future. Formally known as 
career counseling, the staff give 
vocational testing and other 
exercises that will help them 
discover their true interest. 

Secondly, under the direction of 
Vickie McDonald, part-time student 
employment is offered both on and 
off campus. This gives Millsaps' 
student body an opportunity to 
make some extra money in addition 
to finding a career they want to 
pursue after college. 

Thirdly, the Career Center 
allows students who have already 
chosen their majors to go a step 
further by presenting them with 
internships. Taking what they have 
learned in the classroom, those 

interested are given the chance to 
put their academic experience to 
practical use. 

In addition, the Career Center 
holds events such as the Graduate 
School Fair, where graduate school 
representatives are invited on 
campus. These visitors perform 
special services ranging from 
general information sessions 
to individual assistance with 
graduate school applications. 

Finally, as an overview, Craft 
and her staff offer opportunities for 
full-time employment to students. 

"Employers have a right to 
choose who they want to hire, and 
students have a right to choose 
who they want to work with," Craft 
explains. "It's a two-way street. 
Our job is to make a match." This 
job involves resume assistance, 
cover letters, preparation with 
the interviews, as well as helping 
students network contacts with 




Photo by Allan Eyrich 

The Millsaps Career Center offers students and graduates alike a variety of services, including 
information sessions with local companies and potential employers here on campus. 

full-time employers. 

While the past efforts of the 
Career Center have certainly 
produced results, there are still 
a large number of seniors who 
remain undecided. 

"One common problem at a 
liberal arts college is that the 
majors are very broad," says 
Craft. "This is wonderful, because 
it allows you to keep an open 
mind. However, when you're 
looking to be employed, you're 
thinking, 'What I am I going to do 
with this?' Plus, with over 20,000 
occupations in the world, it's 
hard to know what you're really 

qualified for." 

The Career Center is open to 
anyone seeking assistance on the 
third floor of the College Center. 
Students are advised to take 
advantage of their services as 
soon as possible. 

"Seniors, in particular, don't 
wait until your last semester," 
Craft advises. "Even though the 
mid-terms and the course work 
will fall upon you. If you chip 
away at your plans a little bit a 
time, find out answers as you go, 
it won't seem so overwhelming 
when graduation is upon you." 


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The Life 

VH-I takes over MillsapsTV 

Ace Madjlesi 

Staff Writer 

All reality is not created equal. 
Or so claims TV network VH-1, 
as they promote their series of 
reality television, aptly dubbed 
"CelebReality." These shows differ 
from your run-of-the-mill-reality 
fests because they revolve around 
the lives of celebrities. 

VH-1 uses the term "celebrity" 
loosely, as some of their most 
popular stars are Terry "Hulk" 
Hogan, Wendy the Snapple Lady 
and Nick Nolte. Nevertheless, 
these shows have accumulated 
somewhat of a cult following, 
inspiring many Millsaps students to 
tune in to Channel 37 religiously. 

One of the most watched shows 
on VH-1 right now is "Celebrity 
Fit Club," where D-List celebrities 
battle through physical challenges 
and diets to see who can shed the 
most pounds. 

"The most redeeming factor of 
the entire show is the American- 
Idol like panel of experts. 
Sometimes, they know what 
they're talking about," says senior 
Haley Adams. 

Another show with once- 
famous stars is "My Fair Brady," 
which chronicles the tumultuous 
relationship of Adrianne Curry, 
winner of the first "America's Next 

Top Model," and Chris Knight, the 
original Peter Brady. 

Curry and Knight met on the 
set of VH-l's "The Surreal Life" 
and face relationship woes, like 
a 2 5 -year age difference and the 
objections of Florence Henderson, 
a.k.a. "Mrs. Brady." 

Dylan Maples, a junior and avid 
viewer, says that he loves the show 
because, "I mean, Peter Brady is 
almost 50 and his girlfriend is an 
over-sexed model. Who wouldn't 

VH-1 puts together a veritable 
smorgasbord of has-beens on the 
show "The Surreal Life." This 
popular show is currently in its 
fifth season and now features 
Pepa (as in Salt-N-Pepa), Branson 
Pinchot (Balkie from "Perfect 
Strangers"), Janice Dickinson (the 
world's first supermodel), Carey 
Hart (pop singer Pink's boyfriend 
and motocross racer), Omarosa 
(from "The Apprentice"), Jose 
Canseco (steroid abuser and 
former Major League Baseball 
MVP) and Caprice (international 
supermodel). The premise of the 
show is much like sister network 
MTV's "The Real World," except 
with the addition of seven wanna 
be egos. 

"What's The Surreal Life? Is 
that the one with all the old stars?" 
asks freshman Lekha Sunkara. 

Don't forget about the show 
"Hogan knows Best," in which 
Terry "Hulk Hogan" attempts to 
fill the void left by Ozzy Osbourne 
and family, whose show ended 
last year. The Hogans try to create 
drama-filled situations while 
promoting daughter Brooke's 
uninspiring music career. 

"I am a big Hulkamaniac, so of 
course I tune in every week," says 
freshman Chad Bowen. 

In addition to the CelebReality 
shows, VH-1 has added to its 
repertoire a chain of shows like 
"The Fabulous Life of. . . " and "VH- 
1 All Access." These two shows 
delve into such pressing topics 
such as celebrity wives, celebrity 
pets, celebrity homes, celebrity 
religions, celebrity-break ups, hip- 
hop superspenders, bad fashion 
and wacky families. 

But many students remember 
when VH-1 was considered your 
parents' MTV. "VH-1 used to be to 
MTV what Canada is to America," 
reflects sophomore and pop- 
culture fanatic Morgan Troutt. 

Troutt, who has spent much 
of her life obsessed with the lives 
of celebrities, welcomes this new 
change in network values with 
open arms. "VH1 used to only play 
videos from Phil Collins. Now, I 
can tune in and be bombarded by 
pictures of Paris Hilton, Lindsey 

photo by Jason Jarin 

Students across campus have been wanting their VH1, with 
shows like Hogan Knows Best and The Surreal Life taking over 
television sets. 

Lohan and David Beckham." 

Not everyone is buying into 
the craze though. Ka'Trevia Kirk, 
a sophomore, hardly ever watches 
the 'new' VH-1, saying of its 
shows, "It's all typical, and it's all 
a bunch of crap." 

If you share her feelings and 

long for the days when music 
television actually played music, 
you can always pay extra and 
subscribe to the new channel, VH- 
1 Classic. 

Campus recreation offers 
opportunity to learn 
African dance and drums 

Miriam Gray 

Staff Writer 

photo by Catherine Schmidt 

Thursday is the night of drums and dance in Millsaps as Cam- 
pus Recreation continues to offer African Dance Classes free of 
charge in the Hall Activities Center dance studio. 

Picture this: your shoulders 
are jumping and your waist is 
rolling as you tap your feet to the 
soul-stirring beat of the jembe. 
You look around and see smiling 
faces of men, women, boys and 
girls in colorful prints. Well, 
now, you don't have to picture it 

The Department of Campus 
Recreation is offering a fall line- 
up of calorie-burning fitness 
classes. Amongst the 30-minute 
cardio step classes and toning 
blast is an Afrocentrik Dance and 
Drum Ensemble. 

Sponsored by the Mississippi 
Afrocentrik Dance and Drum 
Ensemble (MADDE), this blend 
of West African, Caribbean and 
freestyle dance movement made 
its way to Millsaps last year and 
is attracting more people each 
class. The group emphasizes 
developing a sense of African 
and African-American culture, 
primarily through two of Africa's 
most profound gifts to humanity 
- its music and dance. 

"It's important that African 
Americans, as well as others, 
realize that [blacks] have a 
history beyond cotton fields of 

the South," says Sherman Nunn 
Abdu-Razzaz, lead drummer and 
instructor of MADDE. 

Cassandra Shaw of Jackson 
says that she has been attending 
the class for two months. "I 
find the class fun, exciting, and 
challenging," she expresses. 

Held in the Hall Activities 
Center (HAC) on Thursday nights 
at 8 p.m. and Fridays at 7 p.m., the 
class is open to Millsaps students 
as well as members of the Jackson 
community. The class is free and 
isn't targeted to any one group in 
particular. "This class is open to 
everyone. There are no barriers," 
says Abdu-Razzaz. 

While a majority of the time 
is devoted to African dance and 
movement, participants also have 
the opportunity to learn to play 
the drums. The musicians utilize 
drums of all size including conga, 
djembe, bongos and stick drums. 

Ashley Oliver, a sophomore, 
has been playing since the spring 
semester of her freshman year. 
She plays the jembe drum. "I 
played for my high school band," 
she says, "and I wanted to try 
something new." 

The Afrocentrik class has been 
receiving much praise and is even 
highlighted in area newspapers 
and magazines such as Jackson's 
"The Clarion Ledger." It seems 

to be that popularity of the class 
has spread farther than that of 
the Jackson area. Jodie Tate and 
Jackie Lebay, two students who 
attend USM, say that they really 
enjoy the class. "We loved it. It 
was a great cultural experience, 
even though it's not our own 
culture. We felt very welcomed." 

"It offers you an alternative. 
It's very relaxing and a great 
opportunity to socialize," adds 
Clinton, Miss, native Stacey 

So whether you're looking to 
try new back-bending moves, 
burn off food from the Caf, learn 
to play the drums or just meet 
new people, all are welcomed to 
attend the classes in the HAC. 
It's designed to unite all types 
of people, creating diversity 
through dynamic motion - and 
it's free. Lethario Oliver, a junior 
drummer, says, "I have been 
playing the jembe for two years 
now. I like how this class brings 
the youth and adult communities 
together. " 

For more information on the 
Mississippi Afrocentrik Dance 
and Drum Ensemble (MADDE) 
you can visit the website at www. or call (601) 373- 



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•Canton Flea Market, 1100 booths, 
Canton Historic Square, free 

'Open Mic Night @ Santiago's, 
9 p.m., free 

Friday 10/14 

•R&B Relief Benefit at Freelon's f/ 
Malcolm Shepherd, My Southern 
Honeys and more, for more 
information call (601)346-5904 

•Miss. Sympony Orchestra Pops 
@ Thalia Mara Hall, "A Tribute 
to Arthur Fiedler and the Boston 
Pops Tradition", 7:30 p.m. 

Saturday 10/15 

"Guess Who's Coming to 
Church," a gospel stage play 
@ Leflore County Civic Center, 
Greenwood, Miss., $15 in 
^ advance, $20 at the door 

Sunday 10/16 I Wednesday 10/19 

•Last day to attend the annual 
Miss. State Fair 

•Bach to Blues Series with Ralph 
Miller, a free series of sacred and 
secular music @ Trinity Lutheran 
Church, 6 p.m. 

Monday 10/17 

►Crossroads Film Society presents 
"Broken Flowers" @ Parkway 
Place Cinema, 7:30 p.m., $7 for 
guest, $5 for members 

Tuesday 10/18 

•Miss. Museum of Art Unburied 

Treasures, 6 p.m. 
•New Stage Theatre presents 

"Woman in Black" by Susan Hill, 
. 7:30 p.m., $22 

•Jeff Fagain @ Fenian's, 

9 p.m. 
•Book reading of "What 

the Stones Remember" by 

Patrick Lane @ Lemuria, 

5:20 p.m. 

Thursday 10/20 

•Cold, 10 Years, 5 Speed and 
Flyleaf @ Headliner's, 
8 p.m., $14, 18 and up 
•Free Sol @ Hal & Mai's 
•CD release for No Lesser 
Beauty @ The Joint 

J PAGE 7 ; THURSDAY. October 6. 2005 'TH E P&W 

The Life 

Making the Caf you own: A look 
inside the world of Caf ' creations 

Rebecca Behrends 

Staff miter 

So, you're missing your mom's 
cooking and actually getting to 
choose the menu for the day, 
but all you have to entertain 
yourself with are the Kava House 
and the lines and salad bar in 
the Caf. What do you do? Like 
most Millsaps students, you have 
probably made something in the 
Caf creations category. 

What is a Caf creation? That 
would be one of those specialty 
wraps, 40-minute salads, designer 
breakfast sandwiches or custom 
drinks that students use to add 
variety to the menu options. 

"I take two halves, not just one, 
of the pita bread, turkey, provolone, 
spinach lettuce and tomato," says 
senior Mary Elizabeth Prichard. 
"After grilling it, I dip it in humus. 
I eat the same thing everyday." 

Most students have tried one 
of the "custom" soda concoctions, 
and each one takes credit for 
inventing it. The two most popular 
seem to be peach Coke (one 
quarter citrus-peach juice, three- 

quarters Coca-Cola) and cranberry 
Sprite (same proportions). Others 
rely on root beer floats made with 
soft serve ice cream to brighten 
their day. 

"I mix about a fourth of Sprite 
with citrus punch," says junior 
Trinette Anderson. "I call it orange 

For breakfast, the omelet cooks 
will make almost anything you 
want with eggs. Other students 
choose to make their own Egg 
McMuffin with scrambled eggs, 
cheese and sausage on a toasted 

Some students are particularly 
meticulous when it comes to the 
creation of their salad. Fill a bowl 
with spinach and carefully cut up 
two chicken tenders. Then add 
just the right amount of tomato, 
sprouts and olives. Finally, pour 
on just enough dressing of your 
choice. You have now spent 
almost 10 minutes creating your 

The Deli Depot has proved 
to be a godsend to many Caf 
Creationists. Pick your fillings and 
they will put it in a tortilla, ready 
to be grilled to perfection in the 

"sandwich smoosher." Among the 
more adventurous combinations 
found are chicken tenders, 
jalapenos, two types of grated 

ranch dressing. 

Another staple of Caf Creations 
is the toaster machine. Freshman 
Roxie Randle is a "master of 

photo by Wendy Brady 
Sophomore Jessica Samson shows off her own dessert creation, 
one of the many recipes students have come up with to spice the 
redundant and seemingly mundane selections in the Caf. 

cheese and ranch dressing. Or you 
can try grilled chicken, lettuce and 
a special sauce made of one-third 
grainy mustard and two-thirds 

creating cheese toast," a balance 
of just the right amount of cheese 
and catching the toast before it 
flips over. "If you use too much 

cheese and fail to catch it, you 
have a humongous mess of cheese 
in the toaster," she warns. For 
dessert, Randle suggests a peanut 
butter, banana and Cheerio 
sandwich. "It's like all the flavors 
of childhood wrapped up in one," 
comments junior Jenny Phalen. 

But for most students, dessert 
creations center on the soft serve 
machine. To make your own mocha 
ice cream, fill a cup with soft serve 
and add a packet of instant coffee 
and some chocolate syrup. For 
delicious chocolate ice cream, a 
la freshman Michael Cotton, add 
a packet of hot cocoa mix to your 
soft serve and mix well. 

When it comes to creating your 
own food, sophomore Will Benton 
feels that his creation far surpasses 
the rest. "Okay, you can't mess up 
the steps," he explains. 

"First, you get two pieces of 
bread. You take one slice and 
spread peanut butter all over the 
edges; make sure it's thick. Then 
you take grape jelly and smear it on 
the face of the other slice. Gently 
press the two sides together and 
you've got it!" 

What exactly are guys looking for? 

We've attempted to answer the question of what girls are looking for. Last week you read responses from three different Millsaps female students of 
what they're looking for when it comes to love. So what do the guys think? 

Joseph Wehby 


What personality traits are 
important? ! ' 

I really like a fun girl. She has 
to smile a lot and have a good time. 
She has to be pretty well-rounded 
- smart and athletic. She has to 
be funny - since I'm not, she has 
to make up for it. The girl's got to 
be true to herself and not change 
her personality depending on who 

she's around. 

What physical traits are 

I'm not very tall, so she has to 
be shorter than me. I'd like to say 
that looks aren't important, 1 ! "but 
they are at least a small factor. I 
like eyes a lot. The eyes have to 
have a lot of personality. 

What do you expect in a first 

I expect to embarrass myself! 
She should react well to me 
embarrassing myself. And it's not 

such a bad thing if she embarrasses 
herself too. There should be lots 
of conversations and not any 
awkward silence. 

What do you think a first kiss 
says about a relationship? 

I would say I'm fairly 
traditional, so the first kiss should 
start small. Then as you get more 
comfortable, you can go wherever 
your hormones take you. I think 
a first kiss is very important, but I 
wouldn't end the relationship if it 
wasn't perfect. 

What makes or breaks a 
relationship for you? 

Someone who's too clingy to 
the point of having to know where 
you are and why you're not with 
them at every minute of the day is 
a relationship breaker. I don't like 
people that lie to me either. One 
of the makes is that she's got to 
be herself and just be comfortable 
with me. 

Fred Willis 


What personality traits are 

She would have to be nice, 
interesting and fun. I'd want her 
to be my equal. I want her to like 
the same things I do, and I want 
her to enjoy the same things I' do. 

What physical traits are 

If she is attractive, that would 
be nice, but it is not my main 
concern. Good hygiene would be 

What do you expect in a first 

We would go out to a movie 

and go out to dinner. I have no 
expectations really. I just want to 
learn about her and give her the 
opportunity to learn about me. 
That's really all. 

What do you think a first kiss 
says about a relationship? 

I expect the kiss to be wonderful 
- no tongue. How the kiss is would 
influence where the relationship 

will or will not go. I think the 
kiss says whether the person is 
interested or not interested in me. 

What makes or breaks a 
relationship for you? 

I think what would make a 
good relationship is honesty, trust, 
loyalty and treating each other as 
equals. The opposite of those 
would break the relationship. 

Philip Cortese 


What personality traits are 

So many people seem to have 
lists of what they want. I'd 
rather not limit myself. If she's 

right, I'd like to think I'll know it. 
Generally, I want a girl who will 
allow herself to be swept off her 
feet, to be treated like a lady. 

What physical traits are 

As long as she's comfortable 
with herself, and smiles, we're 

good to go. 

What do you expect in a first 

Something casual, something 
fun that will allow her to be 

What do you think a first kiss 
says about a relationship? 

It shouldn't be planned but 
spontaneous. For me, it's not a 
casual thing. 

What makes or breaks a 
relationship for you? 

If I can't see myself with her for 
a long time, then it's not worth it. 

Photos and data by Neha Solanki 

Students find films closer to campus 

Eric Sumrall 

Staff Writer 

Watching movies with friends 
has always been an enjoyable 
part of the college experience, but 
where do you find good movies? 
Video Library and Blockbuster are 
usually the most common answers. 
But there are places to find films 
that most students would not 
readily think of, like Video Cafe 
and the Millsaps- Wilson Library. 

Located just across the street, 
Video Cafe was created by Richard 
Weiss and Ronel "Ro" Sanchez. 

"I like its [Video Cafe's] quality 
food and wide selection of movies," 
says junior Michael Franklin. 

Founded on the idea of dinner 
and a movie, Video Cafe has a 
worldly assortment of specialty 
sandwiches developed by Chef 
Sandy Scott to compliment its 
worldly assortment of films. Each 
of their six specialty sandwiches 
is named for a famous foreign 
director, like the Fellini Italian or 
the Renoir French. 

As far as their movie selection 
is concerned, Video Cafe carries 
classic, foreign-language and 
new films. Sanchez says, "We 

specialize in eclectic and foreign 
films, but we carry new releases, 
too." The selection covers 60% of 
the vaunted Criterion Collection, 
a well-regarded collection of rare, 
foreign and independent films. 

Video Cafe has a special 
appreciation for Millsaps College. 
Wednesday night has become 
Millsaps discount night. Students 
can rent two movies and get one 
free. In addition, students can 
receive 10% off cafe goods. It is 
also important to note that the 
cafe is equipped with wireless 
Internet capabilities to complement 
students with laptops. 

"I love the dinner and a movie 
theme at Video Cafe. They have 
great sandwiches, and there 
is nothing better than a great 
sandwich and a great movie," says 
sophomore Stephen Daume. 

While many students choose off- 
campus venues as their source of 
movie rentals, the Millsaps- Wilson 
Library offers a wide variety of 
assorted films. It consists of over 
1000 VHS tapes and approximately 
160 DVDs. Most of the library's 
DVDs are documentaries, literary 
adaptations and other films of 
academic value. But several feature 
films can be found in this collection 

such as "Apocalypse Now," HBO's 
miniseries "Band of . Brother," 
"West Side Story," and the first two 
installments of "The Lord of the 
Rings" trilogy. 

VHS tapes include movies 
ranging from "Citizen Kane" to 
"Saving Private Ryan" to "Pulp 
Fiction." The collection also 
contains numerous foreign films 
such as Fellini's "La Dolce Vita" 
and Kurosawa's "Rashomon." 

Unfortunately, you can't enjoy 
the comfort of your dorm room 
while watching a movie. "For 
students, the library's video 
collection is currently restricted 
to in-library-viewing-only," says 
Ryan Roy, circulation supervisor. 
However, this year there have 
been several improvements made 
to the viewing rooms, as well as 
the addition of new rooms. The 
Millsaps-Wilson Library also 
possesses a large collection of CDs 
that can be checked out for up to 
three days. 

So next time you and a group 
of friends decide to have a movie 
night, Blockbuster won't be the 
only place to come to mind. 

Xajrpa VeCta 

Coves Us newest members 
JAdrianne Sexton and 


PAGE 8 • THURSDAY, October 13, 2005 • THE P&W 


In the Bleachers... 

Back in the spotlight 

□ A conversation with: Mike Dubose 

Collectively they have won 27 
national championships, but this 
decade, the University of Alabama, 
Penn State University, the 
University of Nebraska and the 
University of Notre Dame have 
faded into college football obscuri- 
ty. With this in mind, perhaps the 
story of the 2005 college football 
season should be the reemergence 
of these once-feared giants of the 
gridiron. Boasting a combined 
record of 18-1 after the first five 
weeks of the season, these teams 
all intend to reclaim their position 
and respect as national champi- 
onship contenders. 

The Alabama Crimson Tide is 
number one in national champi- 
onship victories (12) and bowl 
game wins (29). Even with all of 
these accolades, fans have been 
forced to deal with mediocre teams 
due to NCAA sanctions and a 
coaching carousel. The Tide now 
stands at 5-0, behind an impene- 
trable defense and a savvy veteran 
quarterback. Tide fans are hopeful 
that this year will be the founda- 
tion to reclaim their winning ways. 

Joe Paterno has been the man in 
Happy Valley for 40 seasons and 
300 plus wins, but after a miser- 
able 2004 season, the Nittany Lion 
faithful began to question if Joe Pa 
needed to call it quits. Those critics 
have been silenced in 2005 with a 
5-0 record. Penn State's play in 
2005 has been characterized by 
creative play calling and a stifling 
run defense. Paterno is looking to 
regain the form of the two national 
championships the Nittany Lions 
have claimed during his tenure. 

Lincoln, Neb., lives and breathes 
college football, but after coming 
off the first losing season in school 
history, residents of Lincoln began 
wondering what the state of 
Cornhusker basketball was. Coach 
Bill Callahan and the reemergence 
of the trademark "black-shirt" 
defense have led the club to a 5-0 
record. With Oklahoma and other 
Big 12 powers down, Callahan and 
his players see this season as their 
opportunity to once again be on 
the center of the national stage. 

Many believed that the days of 
eight national championships and 
players of the likes of Joe Montana 
and the fabled Four Horsemen 
were over for the University of 
Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The 
three Super Bowl rings on new 
head coach Charlie Weis' fingers 
believe that they are not. Weis has 
completely transformed the offen- 
sive system and has the Irish at 4- 
1, while garnishing one of the top 
schedules in all the land. All of 
Southbend believe that Weis is the 
key to reclaiming the national glory 
of Irish lore. 

High school football players want 
to play in Tuscaloosa, Happy 
Valley, Lincoln and South Bend. 
Over the past five years they have 
just not had enough reasons to. 
After all of the coaching changes 
and NCAA sanctions the Tide, 
Nittany Lions, Huskers and Irish 
are ready to become the elite once 
again. The coaches, players, fans 
and media are anxious and ready 
to see who is for real, but the 
Texases, Iowas and LSUs of this 
new era of college football are not 
looking forward to a history lesson. 

"Unfortunately, we realized 
late Friday how hard we are 
going to have to play in our 
conference games in order to 
be competitive. Fortunately, 
we took this knowledge and 
played much harder against 
Sewanee. We just came up a 
little short." 

-Coach Lee Johnson, 
Men's Soccer 

The men's soccer team traveled to 
Centre College and Sewanee last 
weekend. The Majors lost to 
Centre 8-1 on Friday and to 
Sewanee 2-0 Sunday afternoon. 
Millsaps is now 5-5-1, heading 
into their home stand against 
DePauw University and Rose- 
Hulman IT this weekend. 

Ben Cain 

Staff Writer 

In an interview which took place 
on Sept. 30, 2005, staff writer Ben 
Cain sat down with Millsaps 
College football Defensive 
Coordinator Mike Dubose to discuss 
his first year with the Majors. The 
following is the second part of a 
two-part series. 

Cain: You're noted for your 
aggressive defensive strategy, and 
apparently it's working pretty well. 
Opponents currently have a 2.2 
yard average per rush against us. 
What is the mentality behind the 
defensive strategy? 

Dubose: We want to give people 

a lot of different looks. We want to 
create hesitation and a little bit of 
confusion. Football is a game of 
angles, and it's a game of reaction 
on both sides of the football. If peo- 
ple know where you're going to be 
all the time then they can sort of 
tee off on you. If they don't know 
where you're going to be all the 
time then they have to hesitate and 
wait. If we can create just a little 
hesitation, and we don't hesitate, 
then it's like we are playing faster 
than we really are. Our philosophy 
is to give alot of different looks and 
be able to attack from alot of differ- 
ent angles. 

Cain: How have you seen our 
team develop since you've arrived 

Dubose: It's been an up and a 
down. It's been a very unusual sea- 
son thus far. I thought we really 
made a lot of improvement during 
camp on the defensive side of the 
ball, and certainly on the offensive 
side too. Then we got the hurri- 
cane, and obviously we were out of 
school for several days and didn't 
practice. Then we came back and 
didn't have time to meet. One of 
the things you see in fall practice is 
you have some meeting time before 
classes start, and once classes start 
you lose that time. 

After the storm we sort of lost 
the edge that we had gained in fall 
practice, and once we came back 
we were in classes, and that's the 
most important thing. I don't think 

we're back to that point yet where 
we were before the hurricane. 

Cain: Where do you see the 
team headed in the future? 

Dubose: I think we're going to 
become a really good football team 
and a really good defensive football 
team. I'm a little disappointed that 
as a result of the storm we aren't at 
the stage where we were before the 
storm, but when we get back to 
that, and we will get back to that, 
we're going to be a good football 

I really enjoy working and living 
here. I love the possibilities that are 
here both from an academic stand- 
point and also from an athletic 
standpoint, keeping the priorities 

Experience and improved play 
yield results for men's golf team 

Eric Sumrall 

Staff Writer 

The Millsaps men's golf team 
finished third in their first tourna- 
ment, the Mississippi College 
Invitational, three weeks ago. The 
team finished with a score of 306 
strokes. Scott Essex, the men's golf 
coach, says, "That is probably the 
best score we've had since I have 
been here." 

Junior Daniel Rice adds, "I think 
the team did really well considering 
we had two weeks off for Hurricane 
Katrina. It was a tough course, but 
we played really well." 

This solid start demonstrates the 
improvements the team has made 
since last season. "Everyone really 
improved over the summer. We are 
making fewer mental errors," Essex 
explains. "They are all dedicated 

and have gelled well together. " 

Rice agrees, "We got a lot of 
experience last year. We are much 
better this year. " 

Another reason for improved 
play is the creation of a six-man 
rotation. The team consists of 
Chuck Graybeal, the lone senior, 
juniors Chad Tobler and Daniel 
Rice, sophomores Drew McDowell 
and Michael Ameen, and freshman 
Jack Rader. During a team tourna- 
ment, five golfers play and the best 
four scores are combined to make 
the team score. One can understand 
how valuable an alternate can be 
when illnesses or academic con- 
flicts arise. With this new system, 
Coach Essex hopes to achieve the 
team's set goal of 300 strokes. 

The Majors played in the Derrall 
Foreman Intercollegiate Golf 
Tournament hosted by Delta State 

Oct. 7-8. Held at the Cleveland 
Country Club in Cleveland, Miss., 
the tournament featured a field of 
19 teams mostly from Division II. 
Millsaps finished 13th in the tour- 
nament with a two-day score of 

Afterwards, Coach Essex 
remarked, "We went in against 
tough competition and played 
well." He does not feel that the 
high level of the contest bothers his 
players, saying, "The guys love 
playing against good competition." 

In a game that is less about man 
vs. man and more about man vs. 
himself, confidence is vital in the 
team's success. Their confidence 
and strength will be tested in the 
next week as they prepare to com- 
pete in the first SCAC tournament, 
to be held at Rhodes College next 


The Mississippi 
Gulf Coast and 
the New Orleans 
area still need 
relief following 
the Hurricane 
Katrina disaster. 
The Millsaps 
men's basketball 
team gladly did 
their part in the 
relief efforts, 
helping to deliv- 
er much-needed 
goods such as 
food and water 
to the coast. The 
Millsaps commu- 
nity continues to 
help those affect- 
ed by the storm 
in any way pos- 
sible in order to 
help the state's 

Major Calendar 


Millsaps College vs. Rose-Hulman 

Oct. 15, 1:30 p.m. 

Men's Soccer: 

Millsaps College vs. DePauw 
Oct. 14, 8 p.m. 

Millsaps College vs. Rose-Hulman 

Oct. 16, 2 p.m. 

Women's Soccer: 

Millsaps College vs. DePauw 
Oct. 14, 6 p.m. 

Millsaps College vs. Rose-Hulman 

Oct. 16, 12 p.m. 

Millsaps College vs. LeTourneau 
University at Hendrix 
Ret. 14, 3:30 p.m. 

Millsaps College at Hendrix 
Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m. 

Millsaps College vs. University of 
Dallas at Hendrix 
Oct. 15, 10 a.m. 

Millsaps College vs. Austin 
College at Hendrix 
Oct. 15, 2 p.m. 

Millsaps College at Rust College 
Oct. 17, 6 p.m. 

Millsaps College vs. MS Valley 
Oct. 19, 6 p.m. 


Millsaps Open Championships 
Oct. 14-15 

Last Week's Scores 


L - Centre College, 38-10 

Men's Soccer: 

L - Centre College, 8-1 
L - Sewanee, 2-0 

Women's Soccer: 

L - Centre College, 3-0 
L - Sewanee, 4-0 


W - Rose-Hulman IT, 3-2 

W- Centre College, 3-1 

W - Sewanee, 3-0 

W - Oglethorpe University, 3-0 

L - DePauw University, 3-1 

Major Soccer Athlete 

Photo by Jason Jarin 

Erin Sanford 


Name: Erin Sanford 
Class: Freshman 
Height: 5'4" 

Hometown: Pascagoula, Miss. 
Major: Chemistry 

Future Plans: Medical School 


Food: Chicken 

Caf food: Humus 

Drink: Anything with caffeine 

Restaurant: Broadstreet 

Professor: Dr. Zale or Dr. Forbes 

Book: "Pride and Predjudice" 

Movie: "Willy Wonka and the 

Chocolate Factory" 
Sport to Watch: Football 

Sanford led the Lady Majors to victory against Division II rival Delta State ^ 
University during the team's last home game, scoring two goals, one in overtime to win 
the game. Sanford has scored five goals so far in the young season. She, along with the 

rest of her team, look to return to the win column as they take on DePauw University at 

, home on Oct. 14. 

Millsaps Players' 'Metamorphoses' makes a splash 

Megan Flowers 

Staff Writer 

Promotional photo 

"Plan to get wet!" This is 
the advice cast members give 
to anyone who goes to see the 
play, "Metamorphoses." Mary 
Zimmerman's "Metamorphoses", 
based on Ovid's "Metamorphoses", 
takes place in an onstage swimming 
pool, which the audience will sit 

"It's a bold move to get your 
actors to perform in and out of 
water," says senior Alex Bosworth, 
known as Myrrha in the play. 
"That could have been easily acted 
out." Like past performances, 
"Metamorphoses" follows a 
traditional uniqueness and edge 
that has become synonymous 
with Millsaps theatre, she says. 
However, adding a swimming 
pool to the stage is something they 
have certainly never done before. 

According to Brent Lefavor, the 
technical director, the audience 
will be able to see inside the pool 
rather from the side, giving an 
"inside the play" effect. Lefavor, 
along with a small handful of 
volunteer students and faculty, 
started building the pool on the 

first week of school and completely 
filled it with water about two 
weeks ago. 

"We thought it would be a big 
hassle with the actors once we 
added the water," said sophomore 
Danielle Cook, the play's stage 
manager. "But, there haven't been 
any safety issues. People have 
been handling it really well." Cook 
also says that everyone has been 
doing well at the rehearsals and in 
memorizing the script. However, 
some of the cast took preparation 
to the next level. 

Freshman Roxie Randle, one of 
the cast members, worked out four 
to five times a week and followed 
a strict diet. The diet consisted of 
cheerios for breakfast, a turkey or 
grilled chicken sandwich for lunch 
and dinner and yogurt with every 

"I gave up ranch dressing, 
macaroni and cheese and all 
sugars for a month," says Randle. 
Before joining the play, Randle 
had never stepped into a weight 
room. Randle says the results have 
been tremendous. "Feel my abs," 
she said. "They're ripped!" 

"Her program was designed 
to tone, cut fat and add muscle," 

junior Trace Hunt said. Hunt, 
a fellow Millsaps player, is a 
certified professional trainer who 
volunteered to work out with each 
cast member individually and 
design a personal exercise program 
for them. The point of exercising 
was to look as aesthetically 
pleasing to the audience as 
possible. "A lot of the cast is going 
to be Wearing skimpy clothing 
and getting wet," says Hunt. "It's 
just a confidence booster, because 
we have to do that in front of 
an audience." At one point the 
play, Hunt has to strip down to 
his underwear. "Don't worry, it's 
tasteful," says Hunt. 

The first showing of 
"Metamorphoses" is tonight, 
Oct. 20, in the Christian Center 
Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Doors 
open at 7:00 p.m. The play will 
continue through Saturday at the 
same time and Sunday at 2.00 
p.m. The cost is $10 for general 
admission, $8 for senior citizens 
and students, and $5 for Millsaps 
students, staff, and faculty with 
I.D. The box office (located in the 
lobby of the Christian Center) will 
be open from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. 
Monday through Friday. 

Millsaps, others awarded prestigious Mellon Grant 

Ben Cain 

Staff Writer 

Millsaps College has been 
chosen to receive a portion of 
a $10 million grant from the 
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 
The grant, which will be divided 
between Millsaps and several 
other institutions, is intended 
to help educational and cultural 
institutions that were harmed by 
Hurricane Katrina. 

Dr. James Bowley, religious 
studies professors commented on 
the grant. "I think it's a good thing. 
I'm glad there is a foundation that 
thought about long term issues 

like college education rather than 
the short term issues. Obviously, 
short term issues are important, 
especially if people are starving. A 
lot of people rush in to help with 
immediate aid, but in some ways 
the Jong-term issues can be more 
important," says Bowley. 

The Foundation's Board of 
Trustees approved the first $5.5 
million in grant allocations at its 
meeting on Sept. 17. Millsaps and 
Centenary College will share a 
$500,000 portion of that money, 
which will be routed through the 
Associated Colleges of the South, 
an organization including several 
Southern liberal arts colleges. 

Officials from the Mellon 
Foundation have expressed their 
desire to assist institutions that 
were directly affected by the 
storm. Millsaps drew special 
attention because in addition to 
the large number of students from 
storm-damaged areas already on 
campus, the college has taken 
on a substantial number of new 
students who were displaced 
because of Katrina. 

Dr. Richard Smith, Dean of 
Academic Affairs, has stated that 
the money from the grant will help 
displaced students and students 
whose financial situations were 
severely altered in the wake of the 


Freshman Luv Agrawal says, "I 
think that's a great idea; we're an 
accommodating school and we're 
preserving that representation by 
making provisions for students 
facing difficulties after the 
hurricane. " 

Freshman Chad Browen 
agrees with Agrawal. "I think it 
is honorable and necessary for 
Millsaps to use the money to help 
students in need." 

Dillard University and Xavier 
University of Louisiana, both 
located in New Orleans, as 
well as the Southern Education 
Foundation, Inc., will also receive 

sizable sums of financial assistance 
from the Mellon Foundation. The 
Southern Education Foundation 
will disburse its grant to Clark 
Atlanta University, Morehouse 
College and Spellman College, 
along with other historically black 
colleges and universities in the 
areas affected by the hurricane. 

Another grant in the amount of 
$200,000 will go to the Louisiana 
Philharmonic Orchestra, which 
cannot operate due to various 
storm-related difficulties. 

Mellon continued on page 3 

SBA Committees take action and students respond 

Miriam Gray 

Staff Writer 

The Student Body Association 
has completed the election process 
and its various committees 
have begun making plans of 
improvement and change for the 
new school year. These plans 
were formed at the Student Body 
Association retreat and the first 
meeting on Mon., Oct. 10" 1 . Each 
committee is working on different 
areas of improvement regarding 
all aspects of Millsaps life. 

"This year the Food Services 
Committee is trying to get the Kava 
House to have midnight breakfast, " 
says committee member Om Amin. 
"We want to prevent students from 
having to leave campus late at 
night when they're hungry. It's an 
issue of safety. " 

Several students have responded 
to the plans the Student Body 
Association desire to implement 
this service. "I like the idea of 
having midnight breakfast at the 
Kava House. It would definitely 
keep me from wasting my money 
at Krystal's," senior Justin Leblanc 

Other students are also fans of 
the Kava House. Food Services is 
also trying to implement breakfast 
take-outs at the Kava House since 
students already have lunch and 

dinner take-outs. 

"I usually eat breakfast in my 
room, but it would be nice if I 
could go to the Kava House and 
pick up a croissant on my way 
to class," says freshman Skye 
Chambless. Adding more menu 
options, like croissants, is another 
top goal for Food Services 

While others are handling 
matters of food, the Security 
Committee has its own agenda. 
"Members of the Security Force 
are concerned about hearing ticket 
appeals," explains freshman Philip 
Cortese. The Security Force is 
trying to sponsor a security forum 
for students to ask questions and 
make suggestion to the security 
officers. "This will also help cut 
down on some of the e-mails," 
says Cortese. 

Students have mixed reactions 
to the Security Committee's plans. 
"In reference to ticket appeals, it's 
not fair that upperclassmen are 
getting tickets for parking outside 
of the designated south residential 
parking area. Freshmen and 
visitors are taking up the parking 
spaces on the South Side. Maybe 
they should be ordered to walk 
on the South Side instead of 
drive. If so, more security should 
be provided for them," suggests 
senior Callie Sasser. 

"I think the forum is a great 

Photos by Jason Jarin 

SBA Committees looks to make inroads for the SBA both in the Millsaps Campus and the Jackson 
community: (top row, left to right) Community Outreach, Capital Improvements, Programming; (bot- 
tom row, left to right) Food Service, Security and Academic Affairs. 

idea because I have heard some 
people complain of security not 
responding to their calls," asserts 
freshman Russell Booth. 

Members of the Academic Affairs 
committee are hoping to implement 
plans that will accommodate both 
students and instructors. "We 
really want to improve student- 
teacher relationships. We plan to 
do this sponsoring a seminar for 

professors," explains sophomore 
Jordan Willet. The needs and 
concerns of students will be 
made known to professors at the 
seminars, especially students with 
learning disabilities. 

Another member of Academic 
Affairs speaks of further plans. "We 
are trying to change the language 
lab hours to accommodate 
students," junior Ben Robichaux 


"Language lab hours should 
be extended so people can go 
when they need to. Most people I 
know have schedules that conflict 
with the language lab's hours," 
comments sophomore Rob Davis. 

Committees continued on page 3 


Cell phone fa- 
natics frustrat- 
ed? Check it all 
out on page 7. 


Well it's that time 
of year again. 
Check out our 
Greek spread on 
pages 4 and 5. 

PAGE 2 • THURSDAY, October 20, 2005 • THE P&W |_ 


Millsaps College has always been known for the high caliber of students it accepts and produces. We have been able to distinguish ourselves from other, larger schools by 
exhibiting self-control, rationality and dignity. This year's Bid Day, the continuous on-campus thefts and other incidents, however, allude to the possibility that these values may not 
apply to all students. 

There comes a time in every young person's life when new responsibilities are expected of him or her. When students graduate high school, they leave behind the pettiness 
and trivialities of who is better than whom and who can do something just to get away with it, and they enter a new realm of maturity. 

The actions of an unfortunate few on bid day have tarnished the reputation of this school, the fraternal system and the student body as a whole, and for what? Is an inter-fra- 
ternal rivalry so important that it overwhelms the values that Millsaps holds dear? The most unfortunate ramification of the violence that occurred two Sundays ago is that it reflects 
all of the fraternities and students poorly, not just those involved. What is even more disgusting about this situation is the lack of accountability emerging in the community. Are not 
the precepts of honor and dignity something that all fraternities, no matter what creed, embrace and pursue? It is admirable to have honorable precepts in purpose statements, but 
they mean nothing if not followed. 

Fraternities are not the only groups or individuals involved in on-campus violence. There have been several incidents, most involving alcohol, that have led to some sort of 
fight or violent act. Also occuring across campus are numerous thefts. People can no longer leave their belongings in a classroom without fear of them not being there upon returning. 
This is an elementary school policy, if it's not yours, don't touch it. 

Being adults, we are given a certain amount of expectations to handle ourselves in all situations, but it is not happening. There will inevitably be consequences from the 
administration because they will have no choice but to find solutions to the rampant problems. 

Diversity not paramount 
over academic excellence 

Chris Robinson 


There seems to be a problem in the world today where we accept the 
idea that diversity is our final goal. People demand that there be racial rep- 
resentation at every level without considering whether or not that is truly 
for the better. Recently, the "Purple and White" published a column that 
dealt with increasing the number of African-American professors at 
Millsaps. This article pointed out that there are no African- American pro- 
fessors at Millsaps and I am not going to argue that fact. I can see, as can 
anyone who looks at Millsaps, that our faculty is not as racially diverse as 
our students. However, I believe that overall our faculty is diverse in many 
other ways besides race. I suppose that the question I have to ask is 'why 
is race the only point that seems to matter?' 

Certainly since I have arrived at Millsaps, the student body continues 
to become more and more diverse as Millsaps reaches out to people from 
different walks of life. As we grow as an institution on both the local, state 
and natior^i^,perspectives,^jfi / irnportant that we reach out to different 
people. Having people of different types is integral to a full college expe- 
rience. But can it the only way to reach difference to be found through 
race? I agree that racial issues are something that our country and partic- 

ularly this state have been plagued with for a long time, but it seems that 
at a school such as Millsaps we would recognize the unimportance of such 

Millsaps employs only 92 full time faculty members, according to our 
website. 98% of our tenure-track professors either hold Ph.D.s of the high- 
est degree in their respective field. Our faculty is an amazing testament 
to the level of education we receive at this school and we should be proud 
of it. Do I believe that an African-American professor would add some- 
thing to the already-existing excellence of our faculty? Yes. But do I 
believe that we should hire an African- American professor merely 
because they are an African- American? Absolutely not. This is where I 
come back to my original statement. Millsaps should always hire and 
admit those people who the College believes are most deserving and can 
add the most to our community. Millsaps should not bend to the nowa- 
days popular idea that diversity is great for diversity's sake. 

Now, what Millsaps should do is encourage diversity in our application 
pool. The earlier column referred to African-American alumni and the fact 
that none of them has a teaching position at Millsaps. It seems to me this 
is not a question to be directed at Millsaps but rather at the African- 
American alumni. They should be encouraged to come back and teach, to 
bring their unique perspective as an African-American to bear on young 
minds in their most formative years. Justice James Graves taught a course 
last year and I hope he is looking to teach more courses here in the future. 
I think that if we want diversity in those who receive positions here at 
Millsaps, we need diversity in those that apply. 

To believe that the Millsaps faculty does not reflect our students is to 
take only a small glance at the nature of our faculty. Professors participate 
in theological, political, economic and social discussions every day, 
whether in the classroom or abroad. They engage in numerous on-campus 
clubs and activities to express their feelings and motivate students to do 
the same. It is only through the active participation of our faculty that we 
are even able to have student organizations, as a faculty or staff member 
must sponsor each one. We must recognize that our faculty is a gift that 
is as diverse, if not in race then in thought and creed, as the students they 
teach and we must appreciate that. 

Letter to the Editor 

To the Millsaps College Family- 
Thank you to the Purple and White staff for addressing the wide- 
spread apathy across campus, which may tend to permeate the atmos- 
phere of student government work. While occasions have been present- 
ed to become involved in campus affairs, it may be a beneficial to remind 
our Millsaps family of the venues through which YOU can get involved. 
The SBA Senate meets every Monday at 8:30 p.m. in Murrah 200. This is 
the body that governs affairs that affect student life. Come to SBA meet- 
ings and inform your Senators of issues that YOU believe are worthy of 

Over the past year, SBA has listened to the concerns of the student 
body, and we have come to action, passing numerous pieces of legisla- 
tion to benefit individuals and groups on campus, such as raising the stu- 
dent activity fee, co-purchasing a new AED machine for the HAC, and 
donating money to the Ned Welles Memorial Scholarship. 

SBA also co-sponsored, or sponsored, several events on campus, as 
well. Some of these events included the Hall of Fame and Who's Who 
reception (co-sponsored by the Senior Year Experience), and Millsaps' 
first Diwali celebration in honor of the Hindu Festival of Lights. SBA also 
sent two delegates to the Israel Student Leadership Conference last 

SBA also purchased and donated the first Millsaps College flag for the 

Josh Hunt Memorial Flag Pole, partnered with Campus Safety to remove 
two abandoned vehicles on campus, and conceived, organized, and 
staged the "Don Fortenberry Celebration" in honor of our former chap- 

These are only a few of our accomplishments over the last semester, 
and we have many more plans that we want YOU to be part of. SBA is 
planning to update the online edition of "Major Facts," sponsor a staff 
vs. students basketball game during Homecoming, purchase sign trees 
for display on campus, maintain the SBA web pages, provide Millsaps 
College paraphernalia for three home football games, and, most impor- 
tantly, produce and pass legislation that benefits you, the student body. 

Hopefully, it is obvious that the SBA Executive Board and greater 
Senate are hard at work for the Millsaps College family. It is necessary 
that YOU become actively involved in shaping the affairs of the campus. 
If there is an issue that should be addressed, address it! If there is a 
problem on campus, let people know about it; feel empowered to person- 
ally do something about it! Talk to your Senators, work on one of the 
wonderful SBA Committees help out on campus. The SBA is only as 
effective as our constituents, so feel empowered to get involved. 

Remember that your voice can make a difference... we are listening! 

Theon Johnson 
Student Body Association President 


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Flu season predicted to be worse than last 

Candice Fisher 

Staff Writer 

Winter brings many things; 
exams, class registration and 
the holidays to name a few. 
Unfortunately, it also brings the 
flu. "The flu is a respiratory illness 
caused by of the influenza virus" 
Millsaps' Nurse Gretchen Blackson 

There are two potential strains 
for the 2005/2006 flu season 
according to the Center for Disease 
Control (CDC). Type A originated 
in the Mid-Atlantic region while 
Type B was found in Asia, but 
has been in the US since 2001. As 
of Oct. 8, 2005 the projection for 
possible flu related deaths is to be 
between five and seven percent of 
all deaths during the winter. 

Beginning Oct. 24 flu 
vaccinations for the 2005/2006 flu 
season will be available. Young 
children, pregnant women, and 
the elderly are at the highest 
risk and should be vaccinated 
as soon as possible. The CDC is 
also recommends that anyone 
displaced due to Hurricane Katrina 
and living in crowded conditions 
should receive the vaccination. 
Sixty million doses of the vaccine 
are predicted to be available this 

The CDC is in the process 
of creating a plan to prevent a 
vaccine shortage, which has been 
a problem for three of the last five 
flu seasons. More information 
on this will soon be available on 
the CDC's website. Vaccines are 
available from most healthcare 
professionals, including family 
doctors and the health department. 
The cost usually ranges between 
$10 and $25. The vaccine cannot 

cause a person to get the flu and is 
without a doubt the most effective 
way to prevent infection. 

The flu brings high fever, 
coughing, runny nose, sore throat 
and muscle aches to name a few of 
the many symptoms. Most normal 
cases last about a week. However, 
complications can arise that cause 
the patient to be hospitalized. The 

symptoms appear and up to five 
days after. 

Nurse Gretchen offered some 
advice as to how to prevent the 
spread of the virus: "First cover 
your mouth when you sneeze or 
cough and then wash your hands 
often and well with soap and 
water, or an alcohol based hand 
cleaner. The best way to prevent 

Photo by Courtney Truax 

As the fall season gets into full swing, students like sophomore 
Sarah Guenther feel the brunt of the cold as the virus makes an 
unwelcome return to campus. 

flu is most commonly spread by 
coughing, sneezing and unclean 
hands. Unfortunately, an infected 
person can spread the virus before 
he or she even knows they are 

the flu is to get vaccinated each 
year. " 

Several students at Millsaps 
have had bad past experiences 
with the flu. Kacey Quinn, a 

infected. It can be spread before freshman, came down with the 

virus last winter. "I was out of 
school for two weeks and had to 
be given two shots to cure it," 
explains Quinn of her experience. 

Sophomore Petra Vackova has 
also had a terrible case. "I was 
fourteen years old and had to be 
wrapped in a cold blanket to bring 
down my fever, which peaked 
at forty degrees Celsius. I was 
hallucinating, and the respiratory 
infection had to be stopped before 
it turned into a lung infection. I 
was sick for about two weeks. " 

Seniors Leif Mylroie and Ashley 
Schettler also had college flu cases. 
Mylroie decided to take his own 
approach to getting better. "I was 
prescribed Allegra D, but I never 
went to go pick it up. I just took 
some Ibuprofen and slept and 
drank a lot of water. I think that 
all the sleep I got helped a lot," 
says Mylroie. 

Schettler had the flu when she 
was younger, but also had a bad 
case during her time at Millsaps. 
"The second, and most recent, 
time that I have had the flu was 
sophomore year of college, right 
before my Comparative Politics 
final exam with Dr. Omo-Bare. I 
experienced nausea and threw up 
for about three days, and I slept 
pretty much solidly for the first 
two days. I remember I woke up 
for two hours on the second day 
to go to the Wesson Health Center 
on campus, but that was it." 

Although contracting the 
flu is a common occurrence it 
should not be taken lightly. Take 
precautions; most importantly 
remember to wash hands often 
and cover mouths when sneezing 
or coughing. Vaccinations will be 
available for students as of Oct. 
24', and are the most effective way 
to prevent infection. 

SBA Committees continued 

Although known for its 
outstanding academics, Millsaps 
College also has a reputation of 
maintaining an attractive campus. 
Capital Improvements plans to 
make sure Millsaps College keeps 
up this reputation. 

"Capital Improvements is trying 
to clean up the north side of 
campus, because it is where most 
people enter the campus. It's very 
important to make the school more 
aesthetically appealing," insists 
freshman Katie Lewallen. 

Sophomore Jerome Montgomery 

agrees with the effort but believes 
the "whole nine yards" of the 
campus improvement should be 
covered. "Well, if they are going 
to focus on the North Side of 
campus, they should focus on the 
South Side as well", expresses 

Capital Improvements has more 
plans that involve conservation 
and recycling. Sophomore Ryan 
Zagone elaborates "We are 
working on conservation (energy, 
lights, and litter, financial) and 
improvements on the campus. We 

have already passed a resolution 
prohibiting outside companies 
from putting flyers on your car 
or taping things on the walls. 
We can't do anything until we 
catch them doing it, so when we 
do, our committee has drafted 
a letter, which was approved by 
the Executive Board that explains 
the proper advertising options on 
campus. We hope this decreases 
the amount of accumulated litter. 
Second, we are working on a plan 
to bring more recycling bins on 
campus and have them located in 

useful areas. There seems to be a 
lack in bins this year. " 

Junior transfer Mary Green is 
pleased with these ideas. "The 
campus looks great and Capital 
Improvements should work to 
keep it that way, and I hope the 
recycling plan works," says Green. 

The Student Body Association 
will be working year-round, 
creating and implementing plans 
that will ultimately affect the lives 
of Millsaps students. Students are 
encouraged to address concerns, 
suggestions and questions to their 

Security Repor 

Oct. 3 - Theft-Petty Larceny 

At approximately 1:30 a.m., a senior 
reported that her green wallet was stolen 
out of her purse. She stated that she had 
left her purse unattended before class. 
The lieutenant checked the area for her 
wallet but did not find it. The custodial 
staff members were notified to be on 
the lookout for it. She further stated that 
several transactions had been made with 
her credit card at 12:30 p.m. of this date. 

Oct. 9 - Unsafe Driving-Alcohol 

At approximately 12:15 a.m., officers 
responded to a call from dispatch to 
investigate vehicles driving in a "mud 
pit" and slinging mud all over a fraternity 
house. Officers observed two muddy 
vehicles on the lawn of a fraternity house. 
The fraternity had flooded their front lawn 
to make a mud pit. The members were 
told that they did not have permission to 
flood their yard nor drive their vehicles on 
the lawn. 

At approximately 2:30 a.m., officers 
were called back to the fraternity house 
where they found another sophomore 
in his vehicle on the lawn of the house. 
Approximately twenty people were on the 

front porch making noise. Since the subject 
was intoxicated, officers took his keys. 
The officer told students to get inside, and 
they did not. Officers observed that the 
water hose was on. They responded that 
their national organization said that they 
could make a mud pit, and their fraternity 
advisor had given them permission to make 
a mud pit with a vehicle. An officer told 
them to cut the hose off. This was done 
but students would not remove the hose, 
go inside, or quit yelling. Students were 
generally uncooperative and disrespectful. 

Oct. 13 - Theft-Grand Larceny 

At approximately 12:08 p.m., an officer 
received a call concerning the theft of a 
computer in an academic building. The 
computer was left on a cart in the middle 
of the classroom and last seen on Oct. 11 
at approximately 6 p.m. Another professor 
discovered it missing at 11:00 a.m. on Oct. 
12. The doors were unlocked at the time. 
Also, the mouse and keyboard were stolen. 
The projection unit, which accompanied 
the PC on the cart, was not taken. It is not 
known if the doors to the room had been 
left unlocked but it was stated that the 
doors are usually locked after 4 p.m. 

Oct. 13 - Obscene Phone Calls 

At approximately 11:16 a.m., a freshman 
came by the Campus Safety Office to 
report that she had been receiving obscene 
phone calls from a subject calling himself 
"Robert." She also stated that she and 
several other female students on the 
same floor of her residence hall had been 
receiving calls from the same individual. 

Oct. 15 - Theft-Petty Larceny 

At approximately 4:45 p.m., a white male 
subject was seen waving campus carrying 
a Millsaps tailgating area sign. The subject 
went to his vehicle, parked on Wendy's 
Lane. He had asked a student patrol for 
directions to his friend's residence hall on 
the South side of campus. Dispatch alerted 
the South Gate and when the subject 
arrived the sign was recovered. 

Oct. 15 - Vandalism-Property 

At approximately 11:53 p.m., officers 
responded to a call about a door being 
stuck at a residence hall. The door lock to 
the room had been glued. The officers were 
unable to unlock the door, so maintenance 
was called. At approximately 1:27 a.m., 
the door was opened. 

Mellon continued from page 1 

William G. Bowen, president of 
the Mellon Foundation, has stated 
that the goal of the foundation 
is to help meet the needs of 
colleges, universities and cultural 
institutions that are vital assets 
to the hurricane-damaged region. 
He notes that the needs of these 
institutions cannot be met by the 
private sector alone, but voices 
the Foundation's desire to be a 
part of the rebuilding efforts in 
these places. 

The Andrew W. Mellon 
Foundation operates with an 
endowment of approximately 
$4.7 billion and awards grants on 
a selective basis to colleges and 
universities, cultural institutions, 
and environmental organizations. 
More information about the 
Foundation is available at its 
website, . 

going on? 

Paul Malley 

Millsaps Forum 
Frid., Oct. 21 
12:30 p.m. 

Ford Academic Complex 
Room 215 

Aging with Dignity has 
become a leading advocate 
for the elderly and those 
who care for them. The 
group has hosted several 
forums and candidate 
debates on elder issues, 
and in December 1999, 
convened the first-ever 
"Summit of Faith," in which 
Florida's leading Christian, 
Jewish and Muslim leaders 
joined Gov. Jeb Bush in 
focusing on the importance 
of faith in daily life. 

Contact Allison Mays 601- 
974-1083 orLynnRaley 
601-974-1423. Open to the 


Free Tickets 

SBA has purchased 25 
tickets for the stage 
shows of "Chicago" and • 
"Oklahoma." "Chicago" is 
showing at Thalia Maria 
Hall on Wed. Oct. 26 at 7:30 
p.m. Beginning at 8 a.m. on 
Monday morning, the first 
25 people who e-mail 1st 
VP Lauren Lippincott can 
receive the complimentary 

Jambalaya cook- off 

A Jambalay cook-off is 
scheduled for Frid., Oct. 4 
E-mail Penny Bailey or 
Maggie Morgan if you wish 
to enter a jambalaya (it's 
free to enter a dish) 
Only $1 to taste the 
jambalaya. Bring your own 
bowl and spoon! 

3 on 3 Basketball 

Saturday, Oct. 15, 10 p.m. 
HAC upper gym 

Disc Golf Tournament 

Sat, Oct. 22 

LeFleur's Bluff State Park. 

Dodge Ball Tournament 

Sat., Oct. 29 
HAC Gym 


Is Greek life greener on the other side? 

Catherine Schmidt 

Staff Writer 

It's hard to miss the 
omnipresence of Greek Life at 
Millsaps. Even independents 
who choose not to participate 
in weekend fraternity festivities 
cannot evade the Greek symbols 
branded on dorm room doors, cars 
and jerseys. Color-coded streamers 
and sorority slogans deck the 
corridors of newly-inducted sisters 
in Franklin and Bacot. While Greek 
life may dominate much of the 
social scene on campus, Millsaps 
is not as notorious for its Greek 
scene as many other schools in 
the state and the region. So how 
exactly does Millsaps' Greek scene 
compare to other schools'? 

University of Mississippi has 
a reputation of being one of the 
most Greek-oriented schools in 
the nation, and approximately 35 
percent of students at Ole Miss are 
involved in one of the 31 sororities 
or fraternities. 

"All through senior year I 
was completely against joining a 
fraternity; I didn't think it would 
be worthwhile," says Brent Smith, 
a freshman Kappa Sigma at Ole 
Miss. I thought people just wanted 

to get drunk all the time. I decided 
to go through recruitment and 
realized that I had just stereotyped 
everyone; I found a lot of really 
good people who I could relate 

The fairly laid-back dynamics of 
"recruitment," as it is called at Ole 
Miss, surprised some freshmen that 
had heard of the dramatic events 
of rush. "People joke about having 
a suicide watch here at the end of 
rush week because some girls get 
cut and others don't get a bid from 
the sorority they wanted," tells 
Violetta Podznyakova, a freshman 
independent at Ole Miss. 

However, freshman Megan 
Glorioso, a member of Phi Mu, 
claims that not many girls seemed 
to be devastated by the unfolding 
events of rush. 

Ole Miss's social scene is also 
criticized for having a distinct 
division between Greek members 
and independents. Yet, even this 
seems to be a myth, according to 
Amy Stanfill, a senior and vice 
president of public relations for 
Kappa Delta, who has numerous 
friends who are unaffiliated. 
"People who specifically want to 
be independent and different on 
campus would try to be different in 

any situation, whether it is about 
Greek life or not," says Stanfill. 

Freshman Kappa Delta Betsy 
Peterson agrees with Stanfill, 
commenting, "It all depends 
on your outlook. I have a lot 
of independent friends from 
classes and from hanging out on 

The Greeks at Ole Miss are 
not all just about fun and games; 
in the past year, several of their 
fraternity and sorority chapters 
raised the most money for charity 
out of all the respective chapters 
in the nation. "I don't think 
people realize how dedicated we 
are to community service," says 

At the University of Southern 
Mississippi, students can choose 
from 28 Greek organizations. 
Much of the sentiment toward 
Greek life remains consistent with 
that of students at Ole Miss. 

Freshman Pi Kappa Phi Brennen 
Hancock addresses the issue of 
the division between Greeks and 
disaffiliated on campus, saying, "If 
there is a division, it is because I'm 
over at the frat house so often that 
I don't meet as many independents 
as I would otherwise. Your 
fraternity is basically your core 

group of friends for four years." 

Independent USM freshman 
David Drake comments that getting 
in to parties on the weekend can 
be a challenge for students not 
involved in Greek life who do not 
have many friends in the Greek 

Rhodes College provides 
students with the opportunity 
to join one of their 12 Greek 
organizations, and approximately 
49 percent of male students are 
in a fraternity and 53 percent of 
female students are in a sorority. 
Freshman Katherine Dunbar- 
Smith, a Delta Delta Delta at 
Rhodes, claims that the division 
between independents and Greeks 
is more obvious with the male 
students than the female. 

Dunbar-Smith attests that 
Greek life "runs the party scene 
at Rhodes, and it's hard for my 
independent friends to get into 
parties on the weekends." 

The Greek dynamic at Sewanee, 
home to 19 Greek organizations, 
differs from that of many other 
schools in terms of the laid-back 
atmosphere and the fact that 
all but one of the sororities are 
local rather than national. This 
year, Sewanee welcomes its first 

national sorority, Kappa Delta. 

"Because our sororities are 
local, they are able to attract a lot 
of different types of people, " claims 
Sewanee freshman Taylor Triplett. 
"It's not cutthroat up here like Ole 
Miss. There is an interesting mix 
of girls in sororities who cover the 
entire spectrum of personalities. " 

Due to the rural location of 
Sewanee, Greek life is the core of 
weekend happenings. Of the male 
students, 70 percent are members 
of a fraternity, and 68 percent of 
female students are in a sorority. 
However, being a member of a 
Greek organization is not in the 
least bit essential, because all 
parties are open to everyone and 
no real division occurs between 
Greeks and independents. 
Another point about Greek life 
at Sewanee is that rush does not 
occur until second semester for 
both fraternities and sororities. 

"Greek life is different 
everywhere you go," comments 
USM freshman and Delta Gamma 
Stacey Stater. "Even individual 
sororities and fraternities vary 
because the different people 
add different aspects. But the 
traditions of the organizations 
stay the same." 

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Yale Murphy 

Kappa Alpha 
My brothers are my best friends, but more 
than that, we share a common bond forged in 
the fires of history. It is a lifetime commitment 
to a few dozen guys who are linked together 
forever in the bonds of brotherhood. 

Grace Hammond 

Chi Omega 

Greek Life - specifically sorority life - means 
you'll have lots of bridesmaids! 

Jacques Haynes 

Alpha Phi Alpha 
Greek life means more to me than wear- 
ing the letters A Phi A in Black and Gold. It 
means sustaining a legaey that began almost 
100 years ago - holding myself accountable for 
my actions so that Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, 
Inc. will be positively represented at all times. 

J.P. McVaugh 

Lambda Chi Alpha 
Greek life at its finest can be seen right here 
at Millsaps. Through fraternities and sorori- 
ties, common people are able to accomplish 
uncommon feats of charity and to create a 
warm atmosphere which feels like a second 

Alexis Russo 

Phi Mu 

Being Greek has allowed me to be a part 
of something biggejUhan what, we see on xits 
camptis". Each Greek memberknows that all"' 
around the country there are thousands of 
people that love share the same things we do 
and that is a good feeling. 

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Helen Loring 

Delta Delta Delta 
Greek life to me is a solid foundation of not 
just one type of girl, but a diversity of girls, 
who grow and experience life, leadership and 
service together. It is a second family, one 
that I would not trade for anything. 

Kiger Sigh 

Sigma Alpha Epsilon 
I The bonds of friendship, coupled with the 
service, social life, and memories that will 
last a lifetime are the essentials of Greek life, 
whether as Greek gentlemen or ladies. 

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Amber Smith 

Delta Sigma Theta 
It's the forming of bonds with people that 
share the same interests: fraternity and love 
for community service and academic achieve- 
ment. Being a part of "Greek life" has taught 
me how to respect people no matter their 
race, gender, religion or Greek affiliation. 

NPHC organizations build community, fraternity 

Meagan Malone 


Formal recruitment has 
definitely come and is finally gone. 
The herds of nomadic high heel- 
clad girls and suit coat sporting 
guys migrating to and from "the 
houses" have finally found their 
homes and are settled down for 
the next couple of years. They 
came, they saw and they pledged 
(or associated). But there are 
other groups of people who chose 
another path. 

National Panhellenic Council 
(NPHC) members Delta Sigma 
Theta, Alpha Phi Alpha and Alpha 
Kappa Alpha each have Millsaps 
chapters and conduct their 
recruitment process differently. 
"Rush" for sororities and 
fraternities under the Panhellenic 
and Interfratemal Council is 
like a mutual selection process: 
non-affiliated persons small talk 
their way through party after 
party, trying to get a feel for 
the particular group in which 
they feel most comfortable, and 
affiliated persons do the same, 
attempting to determine who out 
of the hordes would represent 
their organization the best. But 
the NPHC organizations require 

that their future members take 
the first step. 

Senior president of Delta 
Sigma Theta, Amber Smith, 
explains the process. For her 
sorority, membership is available 
for second semester sophomores, 
and in order to become a member, 
ladies must be on the lookout 
for fliers, posters and e-mails 
that tell the specific dates for 
meetings concerning application 
procedures. Following formal 
application, each potential 
new member goes through an 
interview, the questions for 
which come from the national 
headquarters. Once the interview 
is finished, the new members are 

Smith arrived at Millsaps with 
a long line of family members 
involved in Delta Sigma Theta. 

"Two of my aunts and three 
of my older sisters are Deltas," 
she says. But that wasn't at 
all the only thing that sparked 
her interest. "When I came to 
Millsaps, there were two young 
ladies [from Delta Sigma Theta] 
who really welcomed me before 
I even expressed interested in the 
sorority. " 

Since spring of 2004, Smith 
has enjoyed her membership. 

Through Delta Sigma Theta, 
she has been able to work with 
hurricane relief projects, breast 
cancer awareness forums and 
voter registration drives. The 
organization also helps at the 
Grace House with AIDS patients 
as well as the Chadwick Nursing 

The women of Alpha Kappa 
Alpha Sorority also take an 
interest in philanthropy. Programs 
with Davis Magnet Elementary 
and work with the Ronald 
McDonald drive are just a few of 
the activities they take part in. "A 
sorority is a great way to give back 
to the community," says AKA 
sister and Millsaps sophomore 
Stesha Rampersad. "I like helping 
others while spending time with 
my sisters." 

While girls may have to wait 
for the spring, guys interested 
in Alpha Phi Alpha have already 
had their first opportunity of 
the year to become involved. 
President Steven Richardson says 
that applications are accepted 
biannually for membership in 
Alpha Phi Alpha. The following 
process is similar to Delta Sigma 
Theta in that each applicant is 
interviewed and then chosen. 

Richardson explains, "The main 

difference between Alpha Phi 
Alpha and the other fraternities at 
Millsaps is that we deal more off 
campus than on campus. " 

Alpha Phi Alpha participates 
with three philanthropies that are 
very interactive in the community 
outside of Millsaps: "Go to High 
School, Go to College," "Vote-less 
People is a Hopeless People" and 
"Project Alpha Middle School." 
Each project involves sending 
fraternity members into local high 

schools and middle schools to 
educate students about important 
issues and to encourage them in 
academic endeavors. 

Students who are interested 
in sorority/fraternity and 
philanthropy need not look 
solely at the nine on-campus 
Greek organizations. Alpha 
Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta 
and Alpha Phi Alpha all provide 
a greater array of options for 
interested students. 

Photo courtesy ofChelsi West 
Sophomore Stesha Rampersad of Alpha Kappa Alpha, senior 
Amber Smith of Delta Sigma Theta, junior Jacques Haynes of 
Alpha Kappa Alpha and senior Erin Giles of Delta Sigma Theta get 
their signs on as NPHC fraternities and sororities gear for their 
own recruitment process. ; 

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Rushees meet, small talk with fraternities 

Carter White 

Staff Writer 

Rush is known by rushers and 
rushees alike as an awkward, 
stressful week. Prospectives walk 
from house to house with their 
groups, names displayed on tags, 
ready to make small talk with over 
a hundred Greek upperclassmen. 

Men's rush was delayed along 
with the school schedule this year 
after Hurricane Katrina. Junior 
Michael McKinney, IFC vice 
president of recruitment, remarks, 
"After the hurricane, we extended 
rush in the hopes that everyone 
would have time to find their best 

However, rush was the same 
this year as it has been in the past, 
with the exception of a Sunday 
Bid Day. This helped allow people 
to settle back after classes began 
again without compromising rush. 
This also served to not cut rush as 
short as it would have been after 
two weeks without class. 

Of all of the men going through 
rush, many had different priorities 
and choices to make. Also, with 
five separate IFC fraternities on 
campus, rushees have had much 
to experience and to look at 
during rush. They also got the 
opportunity to get acquainted 
with the people who make up the 
Greek community. 

" I thought rush was an awkward, 
but meaningful experience," 
Freshman David Harris remarks. 
I'm glad it's over with, though." 

Photo by Claire Stanford 

Pledges of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity experience the rush of recruitment during last Sunday's bid 

For some, joining a fraternity 
is a choice made before even 
attending college. For others, 
however, it involves choosing 
between different priorities like 
sports, grades, jobs and other 
extracurricular clubs. 

Freshman Chad Songy had to 
balance priorities when making 
his decisions regarding rush due 
to his time constraints with sports. 
"I believe that it gave accurate 
enough information that I could 
make an educated decision for my 
situation," tells Songy. 

Unlike a large school that 
engages in rush before classes 
begin, Millsaps gives students 
the time to figure out their time 

constraints before making such 
an important decision. Freshman 
Andrew dinger feels convinced 
rush has prepared him for what is 
to come. "Personally, I thought rush 
gave me an insight into what the 
fraternities would actually be like 
after rush was over," he reveals. 
This is important considering the 
multiple choices on campus. 

This echoes the genuineness of 
rush at a small school like Millsaps 
and one way that it does not 
mirror the big school stereotypes 
many have grown so accustomed 
to. Rather than joining fraternities 
they're unfamiliar with, the men 
of Millsaps are able to make 
informed decisions about the 

fraternities they are considering. 

However, rush still carries with 
it the formal character of Greek 
organizations in general. Though 
there are four weeks of class 

n g 

leading up to the formal dates, 
formal parties are an integral part 
of the rush process. Songy admits, 
"I really liked all of the slide 
shows. " 

Not only do the formal parties 
give rushees an idea of what each 
fraternity believes in; they also 
help rushees meet some fraternity 
men that they might not have met 

"I feel that although the 
speeches helped the people I 
spoke to afterwards really helped 

me to make my decision," Olinger 

This relates to a common 
problem during rush, the fact that 
rushees can only go to a maximum 
of three fraternity houses during 
the last night of parties. Many 
rushees may be invited back to 
four or five houses by the last 

"It was hard to cut some 
fraternities, but in the end I feel 
like I made the right decision," 
says freshman Mohamed Hajj. 

Along with all of the freshmen 
who go through rush, many 
upperclassmen go through as 
well. This may be due to the 
fact that Millsaps does not do a 
spring session of rush, but relies 
on a once-yearly fall session. 
Therefore, joining a Greek 
organization can still be an option 
at an upperclassman level. Also, it 
shows how important Greek life is 
to many students at Millsaps. 

to go through rush this year, like 
many other upperclassmen. 

"Going through as a sophomore 
was easy because I already knew 
so many people," says Holley. 
"However, I still met people who 
I didn't even know yet." 

At a school of less than 1200, 
there are still many people that 
one might not know. Greek life is 
one of many ways to bridge this 
gap between one student and the 
campus community. 

Women's Recruitment: tiring, valuable experience 

Sophia Halkias 

Staff Writer 

At six o'clock on... a, Friday, 
afterhootl; . in September, rn 7% 
freshman girls burst through the 
doors of Olin Hall and sprinted 
toward the bell tower. Decked in 
face paint, ribbons and two-toned 
T-shirts, the girls lined up across 
from a group of upperclassmen 
already stationed there. 

When someone screamed, 
"Go!" both sides began to chant 

"The best way I've heard it 
being described is "Braveheart' 
meets the 'Care Bears," explains 
freshman Katie Lewallen, who is 
one of 18 girls who received an 
invitation to join the Chi Omega 
sorority that night. "After we got 
our bids... we had a retreat that 
night. We went bowling. We did 
a little breakdancing on the wood 

The wild dash across campus 
was the culmination of recruitment, 
the weeklong opportunity for 
freshman women to discern 
which on-campus sorority offered 
the most appealing social life 
and philanthropic opportunities. 

Lewallen says she was adamant 
about undergoing the process 
even before school started, 
viewing it, a,? ','a grjat way tp.meeJL, 
people and r find; out who has th^». 
most in common with you." But 
many of those who ended up 
with bids in their hands had come 
to MJllsaps unsure of whether 
or net to affiliate themselves. 
Brittany Hickman, a freshman 
who is now a member of Kappa 
Delta Sorority, was one of those 
girls. "At first I had the typical 
view on sororities: that it's just 
a bunch of girls who like to get 
dressed up and party," she says. 
"But once I got here, and I met 
them, I realized that these were 
the leaders on campus, they're 
the top of their class, and they're 
involved in the community. " 

On the first day of formal 
recruitment, which was pushed 
back from late August to September 
due to Hurricane Katrina, Hickman 
stood outside the sorority lodges 
with the rest of the girls on her 
hall, waiting to the hear the first 
of four sororities discuss their 
involvement in local community 
organizations. The weather had 
unexpectedly turned rainy, and the 

sense of nervousness ran high. 

"The scariest part was the first 
day whenever we had no idea 
.wha^was goipg qn„andjhey, throw 
open the doors and tiOip&fri this 
huge dog pile of girls screaming at 
you," says Lewallen, referring to 
the chants each sorority performed 
before the prospectives entered 
the house. 

The following night, Skit 
Night, was an opportunity to "see 
the girls let their hair loose," as 
Hickman describes. Each sorority 
prepared a skit which conveyed 
the achievements they had made, 
whether it be highest GPA overall 
on campus, or the most money 
raised for their particular chapter's 
philanthropy. Delta Delta Delta 
sorority, for instance, boasted 
an airplane theme that featured 
the existing members as flight 
attendants. "They all involved 
singing, if you didn't get that from 
the chanting and the screaming 
the first day," Hickman adds. 

After each event, the prospective 
members were ushered into 
Olin Hall to rank the sororities 
according to their attitude toward 
each. This year, the ranking was 
done by a computer-based system 

Independents live, work, play 
at peaks without Greeks 

Rob Stephens 

Staff Writer 

Thursday night on Millsaps' 
campus - all those bearing letters 
flock to their houses in their 
classy attire, ready for this week's 
Greek activities, but what about 
those who aren't dressed up, still 
Caf sitting? Who makes up the 
Millsaps students not belonging to 
fraternities and sororities? What 
are those independents out there 
doing these days? 

Many independents agree that 
the one thing that they like about 
not being Greek is the time it frees 
up for them. Seniors Bethany 
Santucci and Shay Stecklar say that 
they enjoy having their Thursday 
nights free. 

"I used to always spend my 
Thursday nights watching Must 
See TV, until 'Friends' went off," 
Santucci admits. 

Stecklar says that she likes 
not "having to dress up every 

Independents feel that they have 
more freedom to make friends with 

anybody. Freshman Chad Bowen 
says that not being Greek "allows 
[him] to maintain friendships with 
people in different houses more 
easily than if [he] was Greek." 

Many independents agree, 
however, that they have more 
independent friends than Greek 
friends. Senior Drew Harmon 
comments, "My two best friends 
here are not Greek and I don't 
think that's coincidental. I think 
its because I have found people 
to hang out with while Greeks 
are having their meetings who are 
also not doing Greek things." 

Many members of the 
independent community think 
that Greek life is a great part of 
Millsaps student life. Some think 
that it adds excitement to campus; 
for example, Bowen says, "If we 
didn't have [Greek life], campus 
life would be a lot less exciting on 
the weekends. It's great for a lot of 
people, just not for me. " 

Others think that Greek life is a 
positive influence on the Millsaps 
community. "Greek life is a good 
outlet for some people, especially 

at Millsaps because it gets those 
that might not normally be as 
involved in the community more 
involved," says Harmon. 

Some independents feel, 
however, that fraternities and 
sororities give a specific stereotype 
to those in them, which they 
believe is unhealthy. 

"Sororities and fraternities are 
a way to classify people," says 
freshman Michelle Buchanan. 

Bowen says that "when 
somebody joins a fraternity, [they] 
pick up stereotypes that aren't 
true." Such students believe that 
this is a danger of fraternities. 

So what are the main reasons 
that independents aren't Greek? 
Sophomore Jack Boettcher admits, 
"I'm just pretty much ambivalent 
to Greek life." 

"It's cheaper, and I have more 
freedom as far as where I spend 
my time," Harmon explains. 

Or, as Stecklar and Santucci 
pointed out, some independents 
just prefer watching Must See TV 
on Thursday nights. 

called Intercollegiate Services 
(ICS). "The computer has some 
sort of algorithm where it matches 
th,^,jfre§hpiafl women, and their 
, phjjees -with , what the sorority 
choices were. And the freshman 
women's choices are weighed 
more heavily," explains Katie 
Beth Miksa, a Chi Omega who is 
the president of the Panhellenic 

By the last night, the girls had 
effectively whittled their choices 
down to two sororities. The serious 
tone of Pref Night perpetuated by 
the formal attire and lighting of 
the houses by candlelight echoed 
the gravity of the decision to be 
made by the end of that night. 
Many were already certain which 
sorority they soon wanted to call 
their own. 

Emily Stewart, for instance, 
said that she was positive Delta 
Delta Delta was the sorority for 
her because "the entire time, they 
would come up to [her] every day 
and just see how I was doing. 
They were genuinely interested 
in seeing ^me in their sorority, 
[and] it just felt the best with my 
personality and interests." 

For those with uncertainties, 
a group of sorority women who 
agreed to disaffiliate themselves 
-4n order to coach the freshman *• 
•^omen^ without bias toward a "» 
particular sorority turned out to 
be an invaluable resource. 

"Gamma Chi helped me out a 
lot," says Lewallen. Lewallen had 
entered recruitment with her sights 
firmly set on one sorority, but 
became torn once she got to know 
members from the other chapters. 
"I had a talk with a Gamma Chi 
for about an hour on skit night 
because I just didn't know what 
to do. They made me realize that 
it was our decision and not the 
pressures we were under. " 

In the end, Lewallen decided 
to go with her gut instinct, and 
now looks forward to the four 
years of excitement that comes 
after recruitment. "I can't wait to 
get to know the girls better," she 
says. "I just know that these girls 
are going to be my best friends 
for the next four years. I just 
feel like it completes my college 
experience. " 


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Bring that back: Childhood toys 

Rob Stephens 

Staff Writer 

It can be quite a sad day when a 
student wakes up and realizes that 
his or her stuffed Ninja Turtle doll 
is gone! And only then realizing 
that it has been long, 
long gone. As 
had that 
jewel of 
a toy 
for many 
(and faculty 
wish they could 
bring that toy back 
today, perhaps as a room rarity 
to help them pass the time. 

A few such nostalgic toys bring 
back memories to many - timeless 
classics which many kids had and 
broke. The Skip-It is one such toy 
that was thoroughly enjoyed. • 

Skip-it was a toy that had a circle 
attached to a ball on a cord. The 
kid puts his or her foot in the circle 

and spins the ball around with 
one leg while hopping over the 
cord with the other leg. Dr. Rachel 
Heard admits that she "wore the 
ball out on a Skip-It," when she 
was a kid. 

such toy is 
the Gigapet. 
The Gigapet 
was a small 

electronic game in which 
the owner would raise some 
sort of pet, like a dog or cat, 
for several days, until the pet 
passed away. The owner would 
have to feed, play with, and put to 
sleep the pet every day. 

Junior Julia Stewart has a 
special affection for Gigapets. "The 
Gigapets were the bomb-dot-com! 
They were like a friend when you 
had no friends, then they died," 
she remarks. 

Other students remember the 
Kenya Doll as a childhood friend. 
"She was so special because she 
came in three different shades of 
black, so there was one for every 
girl," says sophomore Courtney 
Robinson. "I used to style her 
hair and carry her around like my 
little sister. I felt that she was a 
representation of me." 

The Teddy Ruxpin, a teddy 
bear that talked 
to its owner 
by using a 
was a 

favorite to 
many. While 
many students 
remember the 
Teddy Ruxspin, 
several agree that it 
was sort of a creepy 

"I want to bring the 
Teddy Ruxspin back 
to see how creepy that 
thing really was," says 
sophomore Walt Lott. 

Millsaps students 
also agree that the Baby 

Alive doll was also 
along the lines of 
slightly creepy. 
The Baby Alive 
was a doll that 
would eat or drink 
and immediately 
after would go to 
the bathroom. 

admits that she 
thought the Baby 
Alive was weird. 


wet itself, that 
was slightly creepy. 
My sister's wet the bed once and 
we thought it was her but it was 
actually Baby Alive." 

There are also those toys that 
may not be so well-known today. 
Dr. Timothy Coker remembers such 
a toy. Coker remembers "[his] Roy 
Rogers pistol and holster set made 
of 100 percent leather." Coker 
admits that he probably still has 
the toy around somewhere. 

Sequins, toe bags populate female fall fashions 

Becky Lasoski 

News Editor 

Millsaps is definitely not Ole 
Miss when it comes to fashion 
and trendsetting, but that doesn't 
mean that the Millsaps girl can't 
be just as fashionable on her own 
beautiful campus. This season's 
looks can already be spotted 
everywhere, from the Bowl to the 
fraternity houses. All you have to 
know 'is what is hot this fall. 

Layering is one of the most 
popular fashion trends of the 
season. Whether it's T-shirts, tanks 
or blazers, everyone loves to pile 
on the clothes when the weather 
gets chilly. Here at Millsaps, many 
girls are making the layered look 
more feminine by pairing tanks 
and tees with a cute shrug. Shrugs 
come in a variety of colors and 
styles: Sequined or beaded, satin 
or cotton. The best part about 
them is that a girl can never go 
wrong wearing one, no matter 
what the occasion. They can be 
dressed up or down depending on 
what you wear it with. 

"I really like boleros, which I 
discovered after visiting the Urban 
Outfitters website, are a type 
of shrug," explains sophomore 
Morgan Trout. "I have three in 
blue, green and black. They go 
great with lacey or long tanks and 
gaucho pants. The best part about 
boleros is that they elongate your 

Embellished jeans and flats are 

also a big hit around 
college campuses this 
fall. This season, any 
pair of jeans with an 
added antiqued tear or 
embroidered patch is 
a definite plus in your 

"If you like ripped 
jeans it is a lot less 
expensive to do it 
yourself, " explains 
senior Emily Bruser. 
"All you have to do is 
cut and wash them. 
They will fray on their 

Also, embellished 
shoes are a must-have 
for almost every outfit. 
Shiny and shimmery 
flats look great paired 
with your favorite 
jeans, gaucho pants, 
or flowing skirts. 

Accessorize your favorite outfit 
this fall with long necklaces, 
big earrings, chunky bracelets, 
wide headbands and oversized 

"I love the long and chunky 
necklaces that are popular right 
now. They are great to dress up 
a simple tank top. Just make sure 
that you don't pair them with big 
earrings; it makes the look too 
busy," says junior Lacey Cook. 

Although Millsaps might not 
be a large campus, students still 
complain about walking to and 
from class and the dorms. But 

the choice of Reebok or Nike for 
comfortable walking shoes is far 
more complicated than it used to 
be. From Burberry to American 
Eagle, almost all the stores are 
offering unique designs for your 
feet. Many come in leather and 
suede combos and a variety of 
colors from pink to green. 

Funky colors, sleek patterns and 
creative shoe lacing help make the 
boring old tennis shoe stand out. 
The most appealing aspects of 
this style are that the new kicks 
are trendy, comfy, durable and 

Tote bags are all over the 
shoulders of girls and guys at 

Millsaps this fall. They have come 
a long way from the flowery 
patterns of Vera Bradley; totes this 
season range from small leather 
or cotton satchel bags to large 
oversized purse styles. You can 
use them conveniently as either 
a backpack or a purse. Their 
only downfall is their size. Unlike 
backpacks, they do not tend to fit 
textbooks as conveniently and the 
one strap can dig into the shoulder 
when totes get too loaded down. 

Freshman Adrianne Sexton 
has two oversized purses in her 
closet, including a Louis Vuitton 
bag. "I found my other oversized 
white bag at a boutique in San 

Photos by Jason Jarin 

Francisco. They're perfect because 
I can fit everything I need in them 
for class," says Sexton. 

From bags to belts, it seems gold 
and silver sequins are also a big 
hit this season. They can be seen 
on most clothing and accessories. 
The key to pulling off this trend is 
to choose only one sequined item. 
Don't go overboard and wear 
sequins on everything; you'll end 
up looking like a giant disco ball 
instead of a trendy college kid. 

"I hate the sequined purses; 
they look trashy," says Cook. "You 
can buy them everywhere now. 
I even saw them being sold at a 
kiosk at the fair! 




•Cold, 10 Years, 5 Speed and 

Flyleaf @ Headliner's, 

8 p.m., 18 and up 
•Free Sol @ Hal & Mai's 
•CD release for No Lesser Beauty 

@ The Joint 

Friday 10/21 

•Fondren Theater Workshop 
presents Off Kilter's 
"Spontaneous: The Improv 
Athletic Games," @ Artery/ 
House of Brew Coffee House, 
7:30 p.m., $5 

Sunday 10/23 Wednesday 10/26 

•David Jackson Jazz @ 

Executive Place, 

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
•Open Mic Poetry @ 

Santiago's, 9 p.m. - 11:30 

Monday 10/24 

►Crossroads Film Society 
presents "Mad Hot Ballroom" 
@ Parkway Place Regal 
Cinema, 7:30 p.m., $7, $5 for 

Saturday 10/22 V Tuesday 10/25 

•Greater Belhaven Market @ 
McDade's Fortification parking 
lot 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

•Miss. Symphony Orchestra Bravo 
II @ Thalia Mara Hall, 7:30 p.m. 

•W. Kessler Ltd.'s Best of 
Broadway presnts "Chicago' 
@ Thalia Mara Hall, 7:30 

^p.m., $15 - $57 

►Jackson Association of 
Black Journalists hosts 
"Meet & Greet" @ Jackson 
State, first floor lecture hall 
of the Blackburn Building, 
7:30 p.m. 

Thursday 10/27 

•Jazz, Art and Friends @ 
the Mississippi Museum of 
Art 6 p.m. - 9 p.m., $7 

•Mofro, Legendary J.C.'s @ 
Hal & Mai's, 10 p.m., $10 

I 7 ; THURSDAY. October 20.2005 'THE P&W t- 


Checking in with recent transfer students 

Amber Amore 


Brenna DiGerolamo was 
planning to leave Delgado 
Community College when 
Hurricane Katrina stormed her 
duplex in the City Park district of 
New Orleans. 

DiGerolamo says she misses 
having her own home and her 
cats; she was forced to leave her 
paintings and her lovely garden 
behind. Although her home did 
not flood, DiGerolamo does not 
intend to go back. 

"Everything happens for a 
reason, and it takes time to 
heal, but I now have a great 
opportunity to start over and do 
things I've always wanted to do," 
she comments. 

Millsaps has received many 
transfer students over the past 
month. Some are happy and 
intend to stay, while others 
cannot wait to get back to their 
old school. 

A Mississippi native, 
DiGerolamo came to Millsaps 
because she has friends in the 
area. She also wanted to find a 
smaller school to develop in, and 
believes that she has done so. 

Her favorite thing about 

Millsaps is the salad bar in the 
cafeteria and the overwhelming 
sense of friendliness. She loves 
that there's always something 
to do on campus, such as the 
almost-nightly film showings. 

A native of Kenner, La., 
Joseph Stephens' house got 1 foot 
of water and the roof came off, 
but his family is safe. Stephens, a 
junior, attended Tulane University 
and is itching to get back on Jan. 
17. He came to Millsaps because 
he feels it was the best school 
that was closest to home, and he 
didn't want to go to a Louisiana 
public school. 

Stephens says he misses 
everything, "including, but not 
limited to, Bruff (the cafeteria)." 
There, students could eat 99 
times in one day. His favorite 
thing about Millsaps, however, is 
the free laundry; it was $1.50 per 
session at Tulane. 

Even though he doesn't plan 
on finishing his college career 
here, Stephens appreciates 
Millsaps' hospitality and believes 
that "Frances Lucas has been 
a welcoming presence in the 
university, making sure all transfer 
students feel comfortable." 

Sophomore Amy Collins, 
another student from Tulane, 

Photo by Jason Jarin 

NOLA Transfers: Recent New Orleans transplants Emily Smith and Liz Kelly have no troubles adjust- 
ing to their new life at Millsaps. 

chose Millsaps to be near her 
freshman sister, Katie. Originally 
from Cut Off, La., her home 
survived with minor roof damage 
and her mom's favorite oak tree 
falling into her screened-in pool. 

Collins says she misses the 
New Orleans culture, snowballs 
and her job as an EMT with the 
Tulane EMS. But the new Tri-Delta 
pledge says, "I'm happy that I'm 

here rather than anywhere else, 
because everyone's so friendly 
and welcoming. I feel like I 
would've gotten lost in the crowd 
being a transfer at a big school." 

But not all recent transfers are 
at Millsaps because of Hurricane 
Katrina. Dylan Maples came 
to Millsaps at the beginning of 
the year from Mississippi State. 
Maples said that he needed to get 


away from State and wanted to see 
his sister. He misses his friends, 
but said that the only way he'll be 
heading back to Starkville is if he 
flunks. He says that he loves the 
fact everyone here is nice. "I am 
satisfied with the schoolwork and 
how the teachers challenge you 
to learn," he said. 

Failure to find signal on campus 

Isreal Scott 


Photo by Brad Hayes 

Phone Service: Freshman Adam Wicks join the rest of the Millsaps 
campus in search of the real Holy Grail: cellphone service. For 
some, Hurricane Katrina still seems to be the root of the problem. 

"Hello? Yeah. Hello? Wait, hold 
on one minute. Can you hear me 

Many students are not 
strangers to such streams of 
simple sentences. It seems that 
this broken conversation is heard 
frequently around Millsaps. 

"I have problems with my cell 
phone all the time," asserts junior 
Leah Alford. 

Is it the kind of phone, is it the 
carriers or is it the campus? 

Many students believe that 
the biggest factor in dropped 
calls is location. Where are 
students having the best and 
worst experiences with cell phone 
reception? Several students say 
that most of their cell phone 
signals actually fail at home. 

"It's weird, like a love hate 
relationship with cell phone 
reception at home," said Lorenzo 
Bailey, a sophomore. 

But when it comes to campus, 
students feel that one of the best 
locations for cell phone use is the 
Bowl, and the worst are the Kava 
House and dormitory stairwells. 

Freshman Mary Wilson says, 
"I get pretty^ pood ■; reception 
on campus but my cell phone 
loses signal in the Franklin Hall 

Location does not seem to be 
the only problem for students 
using cell phones on campus. "It's 
the carriers most definitely," says 
junior Patrick Waites. "Unless it is 
a Motorola phone, those are just 

"When I did not have extra 
applications on my phone, my 
service was perfect, says senior 
Georgia Ellen Beilman. "Now that 
I have added various applications, 
my phone . problems have 

It seems that many students 
don't actually research service 
providers or phone types before 
purchasing, to ensure that they 

receive the highest level of 
satisfaction? "I knew a little bit 
about different phones before I 
bought mine," admits freshman 
Edrick Montgomery. 

Because cell phone continues 
to be 'more 'of a hassle tfia'n a'ttelp, 
many students, like sophomore 
Mia Hunt, choose to use their 
room phones instead. 

"1 use my room phone all the 
time, and when I have two minutes 
left on my service plan I have my 
friends call my room phone," she 

One disadvantage that comes 
with the room phone - no long 
distance. Junior Mary Green 
believes that Millsaps should have 
long distance because, "Long 
distance in the room would be 
more convenient." 

"I would not have to worry 
about going over my minutes or 
the signal fading when I am on 
an important call with family or 

Nearby Madison on the rise 

Kyle Doherty 

Features Editor 

Many know of it only as a 
legend, a city apart from Jackson 
proper, free from the troubles of its 
frantic, metropolitan neighbor; a 
municipality whose buildings are 
made entirely of stone and mortar, 
with a giant obelisk marking the 
approach to its border. 

Its name is Madison and with 
its new, trendy establishments 
such as the Bonefish Grill and 
Fusion Coffeehouse, it's quickly 
leaping out of legend and into 
contention for the hippest suburb 
in the Jackson area. 

Millsaps freshmen Luv 
Agrawal and Toni Manley are 
residents of Madison and have 
noted a distinct change in their 
hometown. "Population growth 
is rising, more shops are opening 
around here," Agrawal observes. 
"It's becoming a bigger city than 
it was— there's a lot of room to 
grow and property values are 
going to skyrocket." 

" [Madison] will be huge in the 
next two years," Manley agrees. 

"I think it's great. The city's 
coming closer to where I live," 
says the excited Agrawal. "It's 
good that there's a place separate 

from Jackson where people can 
shop and get coffee." 

Indeed, Madisonians like 
Agrawal need look no further 
than the local Fusion Coffeehouse 
to satisfy their craving for coffee 
and hip ambiance. Fusion barista 
Amber Douglas has no trouble 
listing the eclectic Kava House's 
charms. "We've got free wireless 
Internet access and live music on 
Sundays," she explains. 

"It's a great place," Agrawal 

Even with these draws, 
businesses' rising interest in 
Madison is creating rivals for 
Fusion. "Madison does seem 
to be growing," Douglas says. 
"We're getting new competitors 
all the time." Fusion will have to 
compete places such as the new 
Cups and the Jazz and Java Cafe. 

Fusion Coffeehouse is 
presenting a live jazz music series 
Sundays from 3:00-5:00 p.m. 
through the month of November. 
"[Upright bass player] Rafael 
Sans is going to be performing," 
Douglas adds. "He's really 

Scott Mershon, manager of 
the upscale seafood restaurant 
Bonefish Grill, "the first full- 
service restaurant in Madison," 

is optimistic about the city's 
prospects. "With the expansion 
that the mayor and everybody has 
planned, growth is imminent," 
he says. "It's getting closer to the 
city that they want it to be. " 

As for Bonefish's prospects, 
Mershon is equally positive. 
"Business couldn't be better," he 
beams. "Our one-year anniversary 
is Nov. 8." 

While Madison's mandatory 
upscale aesthetic of brick 
exteriors may be encouraging 
to cosmopolitan establishments 
like Bonefish and Fusion, some 
businesses are repelled by the 
city's rules. 

"I think [the regulations] 
give a good appearance, but I 
think it drives some business 
away," opines Agrawal. "Fast 
food places and gas stations 
have a lot of restrictions on their 
advertisements and signs." 

Even so, it seems that Madison's 
growth is inexorable. Restaurants, 
boutiques, malls (both shopping- 
and strip-) and coffee places are 
cropping up all around, and the 
momentum isn't stopping. 

"It's changing so fast," says 
Manley. "I'm going to go home 
and think 'what is this place?'" 





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Millsaps Invitational sees success for Majors 


photo by Jason Jarin 
The Millsaps College cross country team continues to practice 
under the leadership of Coach David Rop as they prepare for the 
SCAC championship meet on Oct. 29. 

Chris Robinson 

Staff Writer 

Major Calendar 


Millsaps College at DePauw 
Oct. 22, 1:30 p.m. 

Men's Soccer: 

Millsaps College at Trinity 
Oct. 21, 8 p.m. 

Millsaps College at Southwestern 
Oct.. 23, 2 p.m. 

Women's Soccer: 

Millsaps College at Trinity 
Oct. 21, 6 p.m. 

Millsaps College at Southwestern 
Oct. 23, 12 p.m. 


Millsaps College vs. Southwestern 
University at Rhodes College 
Oct. 21, 2 p.m. 

Millsaps College vs. Trinity 
University at Rhodes College 
Oct. 21, 4:30 p.m. 

Millsaps College vs. Hendrix 
College at Rhodes College 
Oct. 22, 11 a.m. 

Millsaps College at Rhodes 
Oct. 22, 4 p.m. 

This past weekend the Millsaps 
tennis teams hosted the first ever 
Millsaps Fall Invitational Tournament. 
Initially planned to occur at the begin- 
ning of the fall semester, the tourna- 
ment was intended to serve as a 
warm-up to the ITA South Regional, 
but the Millsaps Invitational had to be 
rescheduled because of Hurricane 

Coach Scott Pennington originally 
arranged for nine teams to participate 
in the tournament, but five were 
forced to withdraw due to scheduling 
conflicts after the hurricane. Still, 
Pennington decided to host Belhaven 
College, Meridian Community 
College and the University of 
Southern Arkansas to give his players 
a chance to play. Pennington hopes 
this tournament will serve to enhance 
the program by getting Millsaps ten- 
nis noticed by more teams in the 
NCAA while also serving as a tune up 
for next year's qualifiers. 

In the Millsaps Invitational, the 
Lady Majors suffered a setback with 
the loss of Emily Stewart. Stewart, a 
freshman, was unable to play in the 
tournament due to back pains. Coach 

Pennington was looking forward to 
her play, saying, "I think she probably 
would have won [the tournament]." 
Stewart will use the off-season to do 
rehab and strengthen her back so she 
can play again in the spring. 

While the girls ended up finishing 
last in the Millsaps Invitational, they 
are still hopeful about the rest of their 
season. Freshman Allisa Vincent says, 
"I feel we did well. We tried very hard 
and won some matches, and that's 
what's important." 

Coach Pennington shared this sen- 
timent, mentioning that the girls 
played against a very strong group of 
players. Vincent also agrees with 
Pennington in regards to teammate 
Emily Stewart. "We really did miss 
Emily this weekend but we want her 
to be ready for the spring." 

The men's team had a more suc- 
cessful weekend with winning days 
on both Friday and Saturday. In the 
singles A draw, junior Russell Turley 
finished first, freshman Tim 
Shoptaugh finished fourth and fresh- 
man Chris Rolen took fifth. Turley 
defeated Belhaven freshman Daryn 
Hudson 7-5, 2-6, 10-8 in the champi- 
onship match. In the singles B draw, 
Millsaps took all four top rankings 
with sophomores Michael Puckett 

and Wes Hill taking first and second, 
respectively, freshman Trevor Harris 
finishing third and senior Jac 
Chapman placing fourth. 

In regards to the doubles teams of 
the tournament, the Majors contin- 
ued to perform well. The doubles 
team of Turley and Shoptaugh took 
second place, losing in the champi- 
onship match to Belhaven's Andrew 
Brewer and Hudson 8-5. The other 
two teams of Hill and Harris and 
Pucket and Rolen tied for third. With 
their victories in many singles and 
doubles matches, the Millsaps men's 
team won the tournament. 

Tim Shoptaugh says, "This was a 
very successful tournament, and it 
shows great improvement over the 
past few weeks. We've worked hard, 
and the regional was a bit of a disap- 
pointment, so it was great to come 
out this week and compete at a high 
level and do really well." 

Both tennis teams ' will now be 
going into their off-season ttaining 
until they start again on the weekend 
of March 3 and 5. The tennis teams 
will dedicate their facilities on Feb. 18 
and hold a sanctioned tournament, 
one in which anyone can participate, 
on Feb. 26. 

Millsaps soccer teams continue to struggle 

Eric Sumrall 

Staff Writer 

Last Week's Scores 

L - Rose-Hulman IT, 35-21, (1-4) 
Men's Soccer 

L - DePauw University, 3-0, (5-6) 
L- Rose-Hulman IT, 4-0 (5-7) 

Women's Soccer 

L- DePauw University, 2-0, (2-6) 
L- Rose-Hulman IT, 6-2 (2-7) 


W- LeTourneau University, 3-1, 
(8-8, 6-4) 

W- Hendrix College, 3-1, (9-8) 
W-University of Dallas, 3-1 (10-8) 
L-Austin College, 3-1 (10-9) 

The Millsaps men's and 
women's soccer teams have had 
tough times the last two weeks 
with losses for both teams to 
Sewanee, Centre, DePauw and 

Men's Soccer Coach Lee Johnson 
feels that his team is learning from 
these losses. He says, "We realized 
that we can bounce back and play 
in this conference." 

Sam Gay, sophomore defender, 
agrees with his coach's assessment. 
He says, "We're improving from 
last year." 

Coach Johnson decided to use a 
different approach in the DePauw 
game. He says, "We're going to play 
low pressure against DePauw." This 
new system showed promise during 
the game, but DePauw prevailed 3- 
0. Johnson still thinks his team has 
what it takes to be competitive is 
the SCAC. He says, "If we come out 
and play hard, we're going to be 

competitive in these games." 

Women's Soccer Coach Paul Van 
Hooydonk also feels that his team 
is learning from its struggles on the 
field. He says, "All the teams in the 
conference are tough, but we are 
trying to close the gap between us. 
We played well against two region- 
ally ranked teams [Centre and 
Sewanee] . " 

Junior Defender Kristin Barrios 
echoes her coach's feelings about 
the strength of the teams in the 
SCAC. She says, "We play in a real- 
ly tough conference. Two of our 
teams are ranked in the national 
top 10." 

Like many of the athletic teams 
here at Millsaps, the Lady Majors 
soccer team may still be suffering 
from the side effects of Hurricane 
Katrina. Barrios reveals, "Hurricane 
Katrina has really compacted our 
schedule. We have to play two 
games every weekend while the 
other teams in our conference get 
to play only one. " 

Unlike Coach Johnson, Coach 

Van Hooydonk did not change his 
game plan before the team's game 
with DePauw. He said, "We're not 
going to make drastic changes. 
We're going to continue to battle 
and hopefully we can meet the 
challenge this weekend." 

The team's play against DePauw 
was marked by superb defensive 
play especially by freshman 

Goalkeeper Elizabeth Sooby. 
However, the team lost 2-0 includ- 
ing a goal on a corner kick from a 
penalty that was disputed by Coach 
Van Hooydonk. 

After the game, Van Hooydonk 
said, "Our team played really well, 
tonight." Both teams have games 
against Trinity and Southwestern 
this weekend. 

Majors fall victim to second half comeback 

Tyler O'Hara 

Staff Writer 

The Millsaps Majors football team 
was in action again this past 
Saturday, as they hosted the Rose- 
Hulman Fighting Engineers. The 
Majors came out strong in the first 
half, leading Rose-Hulman 14-7 at 
intermission. The second half did 
not play out well for the Majors, 
however, as both sides of the ball 
struggled while Rose-Hulman 
appeared to be on cruise-control. 
The Majors were outscored 28-7 in 
the game's final two quarters, and 
Rose-Hulman went on to win 35-21. 
Millsaps came out firing on offense, 
racking up 340 yards in the first 

The longest play of the day came 
on Millsaps' first drive when fresh- 
man quarterback Billy Bob Orsagh 
hit wide receiver Matt Foisy with a 
short pass that Foisy took almost 
the entire length of the field, nearly 
scoring before the ball was stripped 
and recovered by pursuing Rose- 
Hulman cornerback Brett Bueltel 
on the one yard line. The play was 
officially a 96-yard completion. 
Foisy, a freshman at Millsaps, 
brought in three catches for 138 
yards in the game. 
The passing game was clicking the 
entire first half, as Orsagh, now 
playing as the full-time starter at 
quarterback, only completed 10 of 
his 25 pass attempts in the game, 
but threw for 298 yards and two 

touchdowns with one interception. 

Former quarterback, sophomore 
Raymece Savage was moved to 
wide receiver this week. Savage 
was able to get open several times 
in the game and hauled in a 49 -yard 
pass early in the second quarter. 

The Majors played defense suc- 
cessfully in the first half, holding 
Rose-Hulman to a single touch- 
down. Freshman defensive back 
Marcus Harris had an interception 
to end a Rose-Hulman drive into 
Millsaps territory, while senior 
defensive end David Cutter had a 
sack and forced a fumble to kill 
another potential scoring drive by 
Rose-Hulman. Sophomore defen- 
sive end Cedric Lawrence recorded 
a sack on the last play of the first 


However, in the second half 
things fell apart for the Majors. The 
defense could not stop Rose- 
Hulman from driving and scoring, 
allowing 28 second-half points. The 
offense was not much better, while 
they did score a touchdown in the 
fourth quarter; the offense was only 
able to get 61 yards of offense in the 
second half. 

While Rose-Hulman turned the cor- 
ner in the second half, the Majors 
were unable to adjust and fell to 1- 
4, having lost their last four games. 
The Majors will take the field again 
on Saturday as they face DePauw 

"Key things in the game were 
turnovers and penalties 
which changed the momen- 
tum in the second half. We're 
excited to now play the team 
who is leading the confer- 
ence, a team who has not lost 
a conference game. " 

-David Saunders, 
Head Football Coach 

The Majors lost 35-21 to Rose- 
Hulman IT on Sat., Oct. 15. 
The loss brings the Majors 
record to 1-4, 0-2 in the con- 
ference. Millsaps will travel to 
DePauw University this week- 
end, looking for their first 
conference win against the 
SCAC leaders. 

Major Volleyball Athlete 


Name: Erin Sanford 
Class: Junior 
Height: 5 '3" 
Hometown: Slidell, La. 
Major: Psychology- 
Future Plans: Hopefully 



Food: Mamma's stuffed bell peppers 

Caf food: Fried catfish 

Drink: Lenny's lemonade 

Restaurant: Sal-n-Phil's 

Professor: Dr. Thaw 

Book: "Dating Games" 

Movie: "Original Sin" 

TV Show: "Cheaters" 

Band: Black Eyed Peas 

Sport to Watch: Basketball 

Sport to play: Softball 

r Keyes, along with the rest of the Lady Majors Volleyball team, has transformed 
the slow start of the 2005 season into a successful year. After a 1-7 start, Millsaps is now 
10-9, 7-4 in the SCAC. The team will travel to Memphis this weekend for their Division 
v #2 as they continue to press for a strong finish to their season. ^JJ 


Purple & 

r. 2005. Volume 70. No. ft JKL 

October 27, 2005,Volume 70, No. 8 

Millsaps College 

Theft on campus runs rampant, security perplexed 

Becky Lasoski 

News Editor 

Since coming back to school 
this semester, students and 
staff have had new concerns of 
frequent thefts across campus. 

"I thought that I was safe at 
Millsaps and that all students and 
employees would have respect 
and integrity for the school and 
for the people who work and 
learn here. It honestly makes 
me sick that someone would do 
this, not to mention do it multiple 
times," says junior Amanda Mayo, 
a recent victim of the numerous 
thefts that have been taking place 
on campus. Over the past month 
numerous reports have been 
made in regard to the theft of 
purses and wallets. 

Mayo's purse was stolen when 
left unattended in Olin Hall. Items 
that were in her purse included 
Mayo's wallet. " [The wallet] was a 
beautiful, almost brand new Vera 
Bradley that I had treated myself 
to. It was something I had wanted 
for a really long time," says Mayo. 
"It had my cards, cash, gift cards, 
pictures, personal mementos, my 
check book, my keys, cell phone, 
and eye glass case that I loved." 

Mayo is not the only student 
to experience theft at Millsaps. 
Junior Courtney Costello also 

had her purse stolen while in 
Olin Hall. At approximately 12:45 
p.m., Costello had left her purse 
on a table in the first floor ladies 
'bathroom when it was taken 
while she was in a bathroom 

"Immediately, I wrote a security 
report. They booted my car in case 
the thief used my car key beeper 
to find my car. Security also gave 
me advice on what I should do 
next, like cancel all my cards and 
phone," says Costello. 

Fortunately, for Costello, no 
charges were made to her credit 
cards by the thief. Mayo was 
not as lucky. Although Mayo 
immediately called her credit 
bureau and several different 
credit cards to a variety of stores, 
she was unable to prevent the 
robber from using her identity to 
purchase merchandise. 

"I found out that T had 
purchased almost $1500 worth of 
stuff on my brand new Best Buy 
credit card around. 6 p.m. of the 
day my purse was stolen. It's been 
an absolute mess. My otherwise 
great credit will need a while to 
repair. I don't think I could get a 
credit card now to save my life!" 
says Mayo. 

Senior Jen Drew is also no 
stranger to theft on campus. 
Drew had her wallet stolen while 
she was in Sullivan-Harrell Hall 

on the morning of Oct. 3. The 
thief charged over $1000 on her 
credit cards and has yet to be 

All three girls cited that the 
most difficult part of the situation 
was dealing with replacing their 
stolen items. Driver licenses had 
to be replaced, keys duplicated, 
and credit cards cancelled. 

"I have had to replace car keys, 
a new phone, driver license, a new 
credit card, purse and wallet, and 
more chapstick and lip gloss! I 
have still not gone to Louisiana to 
get a new license, and I still have 
not received a post office box key. 
It has cost me so much money to 
do all of this," says Costello. 

In regards to preventing theft on 
campus, Drew urges the student 
body to be extra vigilant. "Keep 
your stuff with you at all times! 
These people who are stealing 
stuff are really gutsy, they did it 
when there were a lot of people 
around," says Drew. 

Mayo reiterates this point. 
"Students most realize that we 
aren't protected here. You must 
be aware of your surroundings 
and understand that 'the bubble' 
doesn't prevent anything from 

As of this date, no one has been 
found responsible for these thefts 
nor have the individuals been 
returned their stolen property. 

Photo by Brad Hayes 
Hold your purses! With problems of theft slowly becoming ram- 
pant on campus, students have no choice but to keep their belong- 
ings handy, may they be in public or in the potty. 

Interfraternal violence interrupts Bid Day festivities 

Catherine Schmidt 

Staff Writer 

On Oct. 9, the traditional Bid 
Day festivities were interrupted by 
violence between two fraternities. 
It is alleged that freshman pledges 
from the Kappa Sigma fraternity 
entered the Sigma Alpha Epsilon 
yard to slide in their mud pit as 
they traditionally do, but this 
year a fight ensued between some 
members and pledges of Kappa 
Sigma and several upperclassman 

Campus security arrived 10 to 
15 minutes after being called. The 
Jackson Police Department arrived 
at the scene, but no arrests were 
made. Three SAEs were taken to 
the hospital with injuries such as a 
concussion, broken nose, sprained 
ankle and outer ear bleeding. 

Many students have agreed that 
tension had been rising the night 
before Bid Day and the morning 
of the fight as fraternity members 
from the two organizations 
verbally insulted or provoked one 

"I know that some things had 
been said the night before and 
that there have been problems 
[on Bid Day] in the past - just 
squabbles, not big things," says 
Michael McKinney, junior SAE 
and recruitment chair of the 
Interfraternity Council. "You 
know, just every once in a while 
someone will come over and say 
something or something is yelled 
across the houses." 

"The events leading up to 
bid day seemed to culminate," 
comments senior Kiger Sigh, 
president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. 
"We had prior incidences a few 
nights before, a few months 
before with specific individuals. 
However, we did not feel that Bid 
Day would escalate into what it 
did. In the past the Kappa Sigs 
have always come over to the 
SAE yard to wrestle in the mud 

but mostly it's been good fun and 
usually would only end up with a 
verbal argument. Nobody would 
have guessed that what happened 
this year could happen." 

Senior and Lambda Chi Alpha 
President J. P. McVaugh attests 
that there is often violence on 
Fraternity Row, but that this fight 
has become significant because 
such a large number of witnesses 
were at the scene. 

was present, so that's the reason 
I think it's being made such a big 
deal out of." 

Bradley Nicholson, a freshman 
Kappa Sigma pledge, agrees that 
the situation has been blown out 
of proportion. "I don't think it was 
that big of a deal," says Nicholson. 
"I figured something like that could 
easily happen every year. There's 
always animosity between some 
of the fraternities. " Nicholson also 

directs security, contends, "This 
is not what I would consider a 
real violent campus. In the past 
at most Bid Days there has been 
inappropriate behavior, but you 
can really count on your hands the 
number of times there have been 
physical altercations of the nature 
that we saw here. It's unfortunate 
that it escalated to that level." 

Student Body Association 
Second Vice President Brad Yakots, 


Photo illustration by Jason Jarin 
Fraternity Violence: Bid Day violence rattles fraternity row, resulting in members of the Greek sys- 
tem hospitalized; students and school wonder what will result from the Bid Day melee. 

"There are interfraternal 
rivalries, and whenever you toss 
alcohol in the mix, that definitely 
always causes trouble," comments 
McVaugh. "But I mean, there 
are fights on the hill all the time 
which are just never publicized. 
This one happened to happen on 
Bid Day when half the campus 

says that the event did not affect 
his Bid Day experience nor did it 
make him question his decision to 
join a fraternity. 

Despite McVaugh 's and 
Nicholson's belief that the 
event did not seem too out of 
the ordinary, Vice President for 
Campus Services Todd Rose, who 

an SAE member, agrees that many 
perceived the fight to be much 
bigger than it actually was. 

"It wasn't as big of a fight as 
most people made it out to be. It 
was about three or four guys on 
each side, and the rest of them 
were trying to break them up," 
says Yakots. "Now, of course, there 

was yelling and pushing, but as 
far as actually fighting and trading 
blows, there was probably only 
about four guys on each side." 

Rose says that the security 
office does not often receive 
calls concerning violence, and he 
speculates that this particular day 
may have been different because 
"any recruitment process is really 
kind of intense... there's a high 
level of emotion involved plus a 
lack of sleep. If there's any alcohol 
involved, generally your defenses 
are down, and it hits you a bit 
harder. The emotional nature of 
the environment and the fact that 
you're recruiting to your chapter 
makes your allegiance to your 
group of guys so distinct at that 
moment that your pride is sort 
of jumping in when it normally 

Vice President Rose echoes 
Martin's sentiments. "I would 
hope that students would see 
the reality of things getting out 
of hand and, in the future, go 
ahead and police themselves up 
front in the sense of monitoring 
their behavior," he says. "[I would 
hope] that fraternity members 
and leadership would step up to 
the plate and make an agreement 
on boundaries. Go ahead and 
announce in your chapter meetings 
that on Bid Day everybody stays 
on their own property, and have 
your guys out there such that if 
there is anybody out there talking 
trash you can deal with your own 
chapter members and not let it 

"I would hope that the 
Interfraternity Council, who 
sponsors rush, would institute 
measures as far as further policing 
of the presence of the alcohol, 
appropriate guidelines for Bid Day 
expectations, and maybe even 
requesting an additional campus 
security officer," continues Rose. 

Bid Day continued on page 3 

The Life 

Well, it's that 
time of year 
again. Check it 
all out on pages 
6 and 7. 


Excited about fall 
or just because 
of all that caffine? 
Check out the 
spread on page 5. 

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New schedule changes only serve to inconvenience students 

Hurricane Katrina has indeed changed many things since she ravaged the coast two months ago. The changes felt most prominently at Millsaps College are those to the academic 
calander. The fall 2005 semester changes were painful, but most students understood the necessity to make up the lost days. 

True, many students found it very difficult to go through midterm season without the nicety of a four-day weekend (though some people celebrated their own, unofficial fall breaks), 
and it is evident that everyone missed fall break and nobody is looking forward to having classes on Saturday, any reasonable person understands that this is just the way things had to 
be. So we sucked it up, and plowed through October without the benefit of a break. 

This, however, is not the case with the spring 2006 changes. Because winter break had to be postponed for a week, the college decided that both the beginning and end of the spring 
semester would be pushed back a week. This seems like a nice idea; nobody wants to spend time at school rather than with their families. The problem is, though, that graduation has 
now been pushed back as well. 

Many seniors make plans after graduation as much as a year in advance; it makes good sense. Now those seniors have to skip the graduation ceremony, change their plans or scrap 
their post-graduation plans all together. None of these is an acceptable option, and the seniors should not have to be making this decision in the first place. 
The real question that should be raised is this: is it absolutely necessary to prolong the winter break at the expense of the senior class' plans? The answer i 

is most certainly not; in fact, 

it is also bad for people's plans to extend the winter break as well. Many people have jobs in Jackson they must return to, and if the residence halls are not open, where will these peo- 
ple stay? 

The decision to change the spring semester's dates is a poor one. It does not reflect or address the needs of the students and only serves to inconvenience many students. It is not too 
late for the administration to reverse its decision, and many would benefit if action is taken to amend this error. 

I hope we learn Mandarin 
better than Spanish 

Michael Franklin 


China is on a course of growth which is simply amazing. In 1979 China 
changed its economic policy, focusing more on modernization and less on 
communism. And ever since, the Chinese economy has beengrowing at a 
rate of nine percent annually. The changes in policy transported 300 mil- 
lion people from poverty to the land of consumption. The Chinese market 
has expanded so well that the country has more or less commemorated 
the economic achievement by placing its first astronaut into orbit. 

Much to my dismay, American companies are fueling the success of 
China's economic path. More and more American companies are building 
factories in China in an attempt to make more products more cheaply. 
Wal-Mart embraces the Chinese market more than any other company; 80 
percent of the company's suppliers are from the land of the rising sun. 
Since Wal-Mart is the world's largest corporation, it stands without saying 
that its revenues greatly add to the American economy. And with this 

example it is easy to say that the high incidence of economic growth in 
China greatly depends on the mindless consumption in the United States. 
So while we try to avoid recession through frequent needless purchases, 
most on credit, we are actually industrializing the most populous country 
in the world. 

It is not calming to note that the size of China's military reflects its pop- 
ulation. Currently, China has the world's largest military, and the mili- 
tary's budget has been consistently rising. What is even more alarming is 
the Chinese government's warning to Australia to reconsider its relation- 
ship with the United States. Armed conflict between the United States and 
China is certainly unlikely to occur, but if it were to happen two events 
would correlate. First, the United States government would begin the 
drafting of the male population. Everybody available and socially 
acceptable for use in the fight would be needed. Secondly, nuclear attack 
and retaliation would take place. Because these two events would tran- 
spire as a result of an American-Chinese conflict, the conflict being con- 
sidered would never come to light. Nuclear war and conscription would 
not help re-elect many senators. I am not saying that the Chinese disagree 
with war; they are after all financing the liberation of Iraq. 

Lawmakers, businessmen, and students need to be prepared for an 
increasingly industrializing China. It is not the American way to back 
down from not being number one, and for this reason there will necessar- 
ily be rising, worsening turmoil between the United States and China. An 
attempt to stifle China's growth would be disastrous. The best way 
Americans can ensure success in the future is to be on the cutting edge in 
science and technology. Education and research must be funded and 
enacted in better ways. China can continue manufacturing iPods; we must 
come up with the breakthroughs, the trends. It might be beneficial as well 
if the United States was held accountable for its expenditures. Losing 
power is hard to stomach, but it is done better gracefully than through 
ignorance and intolerance. 

Miscues could hinder the 
McCain campaign in 2008 

no i 
\ fet 

Eric Sumrall 


The Republican Party has taken quite a few hits in the last few months. 
I know it may make some of you cringe to see this, but I am going the 
recap them. 

The Valerie Plame leak has special prosecutors investigating 
Presidential Adviser Karl Rove and Vice Presidential Chief of Staff 
"Scooter" Libby. 

FEMA Director Mike Brown's mishandling of the Hurricane Katrina dis- 
aster and his subsequent firing. 

House Majority Leader Tom Delay (R-Texas) is indicted once on a 
charge of conspiracy to violate campaign finance laws and once on a 
charge of money laundering. A warrant for his arrest was filed on Oct. 19. 
He reported to a Texas Sheriff's Office a day later where he was finger- 
printed, photographed and allowed to post a bond of $10,000. 

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) is being investigated for sus- 
picion of insider trading of shares of stock in Hospital Corporation of 
America, a hospital chain run by his brother, Thomas. Frist was served 
with a subpoena to turn over personal documents and records to the 
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Oct. 13. 

The Conservative uproar against the nomination of Harriet Miers for 
the Supreme Court has also weakened Bush's base. 

These problems are of great concern to all Republicans, but they may 
be especially worrisome to one Republican in particular: Senator John 
McCain (R-Ariz.). McCain appears to have a strangle hold on the 
Republican nomination for president in 2008. He is generally seen as a 
maverick who stands by his principles and isn't afraid to rise above party 
politics. He even goes so far as to list what he considers pork barrel legis- 
lation on his website. This list, and the rules that govern it, can be 
accessed by clicking on an icon of pigs with dollars signs on their sides. 

McCain has to worry that backlash from these events could hurt his 
chances of winning in 2008. In light of the recent missteps of his cohorts, 
running as a republican may be a kiss of death that he will be unable to 
overcome despite his individualistic persona. Ironically, this would not be 
the first time that members of the Bush administration and the Republican 
leadership cost McCain a presidential election. You may recall that Bush, 
with the help of what are now being referred to as "neocons," defeated 
McCain for the Republican nomination for president in 2000. Despite this, 
McCain curried favor with the right wing of the Republican Party by sup- 
porting Bush's re-election efforts in 2004 even after it had been revealed 
that John Kerry, a friend of McCain's, had offered him the opportunity to 
be his running mate. 

Democrats are largely silent on the issues that have so far vexed their 
political opponents. They seem to be following the advice of Napoleon 
Bonaparte: "Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake." 
As of now, the favorite to win their nomination for president is, in my 
opinion, Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.). He announced his candidacy in June of 
this year and has been preparing for the 2008 race ever since last 
November. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) may get the most press, but I believe 
the Republicans have been too successful at depicting her as a liberal 
extremist for her to win any of the states that John Kerry did not win in 
2004. Still, Clinton euphoria could win her the nomination in spite of 
these considerations. 

In contrast, Biden is seen as a mainstream democrat and foreign policy 
expert. He has served in the U.S. Senate for the last 32 years. However, 
this long and documented service along with his penchant for speaking 
freely could be drawbacks to his campaign. Darkhorse candidates for the 
nomination include governors Tom Vilsack (D-Iowa), Bill Richardson (D- 
N.M.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.). Regardless of your party affiliation, the 
race for '08 should be an interesting and enjoyable one to watch. 


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In the Oct. 20 edition the name of the 
Major Athlete was incorrect. The 
Major Athlete for the week was 
Keisha Keyes. The rest of the informa- 
tion given was correct, pertaining to 

Also, in a photo caption on page 5, 
Jacques Haynes was listed as member 
of Alpha Kappa Alpha. He is actually 
a member of Alpha Phi Alpha 

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PAGE 3 ; THURSDAY. October 27,2005 ; THE P&W 


Sigma Alpha Epsilons hope for new floor 
sometime before end of semester 

Becky Lasoski and 
Eric Sumrall 

• ' Photo by Jason Jarin 
The SAE house has found itself down in the dumps as construction 
problems plague their floors, a problem currently being worked on 
with recent renovations and this massive dumpster to hold their 

News Editor and Staff Writer 

During this semester the 
members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon 
have been struggling with the 
trials and tribulations that often 
accompany renovation projects. 
An individual private contractor 
has currently been replacing the 
flooring on the first floor of the 
house. Senior and SAE President 
Kiger Sigh says, "We had been 
having a lot of problems in the past 
with numerous holes appearing in 
our floor throughout the house. 
We felt it was best for the fraternity 
to go ahead and replace the entire 
floor rather than continue with 
patch jobs." 

The men of the SAE fraternity 
agreed this past summer to replace 
the floor of several rooms in their 
house. According to SAE members, 
one of the many reasons it was 
necessary to replace the floor 
was because there was no vapor 
barrier between the ground and 
the flooring. The vapor barrier 
helps prevent condensation under 
the flooring and was removed 
from the house a couple of years 
ago when a water main broke. In 
the absence of the vapor barrier, 
rotting occurred throughout the 
house floors. 

The affected areas include the 

foyer, chapter room, one hallway 
and three individual rooms. "It 
was essential to replace the floor 
in the individual rooms because 
the money we receive from the 
housing fee is a main source of 
income for the fraternity," says 

The Housing Corporation of the 
SAE fraternity, made up of alumni 
and two current SAE members, is 
responsible for the replacement of 
the floors. The corporation decided 
to hire an individual private 
contractor to complete the job. 
The hiring of one man compared 
to a construction company was 
preferred because it was believed 
that the lone individual would do 
a more thorough job. 

Sigh explains, "The lawyer 
who drew up the contract for the 
construction project neglected to 
include a deadline. Therefore, the 
private contractor does not have a 
set date in which he must finish. 
In addition there were no penalties 
put in place on the contractor in 
the case that the project was not 
completed in a timely matter." 

As a result the project has been 
in continuation for much longer 
than what was originally planned. 
"What we thought would be 
completed before school started 
has now run into October and 
most likely November," says Sigh. 

Hurricane Katrina was 
responsible for some of the hold- 

ups. A tree fell on the house of 
the private contractor and the 
contractor has had to work around 
fixing his house and his other 
projects as well as the fraternity's 

The continued construction has 
resulted in several consequences 
that SAE had hoped to avoid by 
having the work completed over 
the summer. 

SAE members Sigh, Dylan 
Chatterjee and Chris Robinson 
were also forced to move in with 
other members of the fraternity 
while the floors in their rooms 
were being replaced. 

Although fixing these rooms 
was the top priority, being 
displaced from their rooms was still 
considered a hassle. SAE member 
Jeff Newburn allowed Sigh to live 
with him in his room during the 
construction work. "The first thing 
I would do everyday was check 
to see if his [Kiger's] room was 
finished and be depressed when it 
wasn't," says Newburn. 

A dumpster has been placed 
outside the SAE house to hold the 
remnants of the old floors and, as 
a result, several parking places 
can no longer be used. 

In regards to when the project 
will be completed, Sigh says, "We 
are hopeful that the floors will be 
completed in a month, but that's 
what we said six months ago!" 

d Day continued from page 1 

Having received more than 20 
individual statements from both 
witnesses and students who were 
involved in the fight. The Judicial 
Council typically hears cases such 
as this one, but those hearings are 
kept confidential. They also have 
the authority to impose sanctions 
on responsible parties; those are 
also kept confidential. 

The role of alcohol in the fight 
is unclear. Dr. Rushton Johnson, 
assistant dean of Student Life, 
offers, "The fight occurred soon 
after the pledges ran over from the 
north campus, so there was not 
much time for them to have been 
consuming alcohol. It is possible 
that the older fraternity members 
were drinking before the pledges 
arrived." It is also possible that 
the pledges had been drinking 
earlier in the day. 

However, John Russell 
McPherson, a sophomore SAE, 
attributes the conflict to "too 
much alcohol and too much 

"If normally well-behaved 
students are acting inappropriately 
- and this is true at any campus 
-there is something else going 
on," says Rose. "Alcohol, in my 
estimation, is responsible for 70 to 
80 percent of the violent acts and 
the vandalism on campus." 

By the time security arrived, 
other fraternity members had 
attempted to break up the fight. 

Rose says that officers were 
patrolling as usual and were 
not specifically near Greek 
Row expecting problems. "[The 
security officers] knew it was 
fraternity Bid Day, and there's 
always the potential [for a 
problem] when large gatherings 
are there, especially after such an 
exhausting and emotional period 
[as rush]," Rose adds. 

Security separated those who 
were still fighting and began to 
take statements from witnesses 
and those involved in the dispute. 
Student Life administrators helped 
to take care of the injured until an 
ambulance arrived, which was 
eventually turned away. 

Junior Jessica Hoffpauir 
comments, "[Bid Day] is supposed 
to be fun, and all I saw was 

[someone] being dragged out of 
the mud with a bloody face, and I 
left pretty much after that. It was 
definitely a mood killer, and it 
was disappointing - Bid Day isn't 
supposed to be violent." 

"There was no need for [Bid 
Day] to be like that at all... next 
year I'm probably going to be a 
little bit more wary of going out 
there," comments junior Maggie 
Baumgartner, who helped take an 
injured student to the hospital. 
Baumgartner says that despite her 
proximity to the violence, she did 
not feel threatened. 

"In the future I think there has 
to be a focus on what is acceptable 
and what is not acceptable. While I 
don't think that security should be 
involved in everything, when stuff 
like that happens, they need to be 
there and not let that kind of stuff 
happen," continues Baumgartner. 

"Underage drinking is one 
thing, but people being violent 
and throwing punches is a 
completely different thing. I think 
that IFC needs to make sure that 
all the fraternities know that it's a 
problem and that we need to have 
a structure for giving punishments 
for doing something like that. 
Maybe there should be a rule 
that fraternity guys should stay in 
their own yard or they will get in 
trouble," offers Baumgartner. 

"I would hate to say fraternities 
should have to stay in their own 
yards because there are fraternities 
and individuals in each fraternity 
that Sigma Alpha Epsilon gets 
along with," says Sigh. 

"It would be a shame to not 
have them come over and just have 
a good time and hang out. But, 
generally, I think that fraternities 
probably should stay away from 
other fraternities' houses unless 
they are specifically invited over or 
an individual from the chapter is 
always with a visitor from another 
chapter as an escort because we've 
had incidents in the past and not 
just on Bid Day. It shouldn't come 
down to this, but this year was 
definitely an awakening about the 
situation," adds Sigh. 
. While most Greek leaders 
and school administrators called 
the event unfortunate and said 

that changes need to be made to 
prevent violence in the future, 
they differ on the ideas of what 
changes need to be made. 

"There definitely needs to be 
something done to the ways in 
which affairs on Fraternity Row 
are handled," declares Theon 
Johnson, president of the Student 
Body Association and of Pi Kappa 
Alpha fraternity. "When you 
have people being sent to the 
hospital, I think we have a really 
big problem on our hands - not 
only for Fraternity Row, not only 
for the Millsaps campus, but 
for the general ideals by which 
we try to live and instill in our 
members. And that is that building 
brotherhood and good relations 
between people does not have to 
be subjugated to the constraints of 
someone being hurt." 

Johnson believes that individual 
chapters and their leaders need 
to discuss "what it is that we are 
going to do as fraternity men which 
will allow us to be responsible and 
hold other fraternities responsible 
for their actions and, ultimately, 
the relationships we share. 
Whatever needs to be done, needs 
to be done. So if that involves 
the Interfraternity Council or the 
Division of Student Life stepping 
in, something needs to be done," 
emphasizes Johnson. 

Yale Murphy, president of 
Kappa Alpha Order, thinks that 
there is nothing the administration 
can do to prevent such an event 
from occurring in the future, but 
that it also "shouldn't really come 
down to the fraternity to be the 
babysitters of their members. 
Individual members should be 
held accountable and not the 
whole fraternity. If someone is 
determined to cause trouble, 
they're going to do it regardless of 
what I say, and it's really not fair to 
punish the whole fraternity unless 
there's a history of the fraternity 
[being violent] as a whole." 

John Brooks, president of Kappa 
Sigma, refuesed to contribute to 
this story. 

Student Life administrators, 
including Georgianna Martin, 
fraternity adviser, would like to 
think that the fraternity leaders 

will try to take the issue into 
their own hands and learn to take 
measures to prevent violence from 
occurring in the future. 

"Both the administration and 
the fraternity community should 
begin discussing what's going to 
prevent this from happening next 
year," attests Martin. "And I don't 
think that it's solely up to those 
of us who work in Student Life to 
prevent violence from happening. 
I think the undergraduate 
fraternity members have a huge 
role in preventing these things 
from happening. I don't like to 
police Fraternity Row. I would 
love it if I felt confident enough in 
our fraternity men that they were 
responsible and that they could 
handle issues without resulting in 
violence," Martin offers. 

"We need to reflect on what 
takes place during Bid Day and 
look for solutions to some problems 
that are inherent with that kind of 
atmosphere," says Dean Johnson, 
adviser of the Judicial Council 
and primary administrator of the 
Code of Conduct. "We certainly 
need to avoid something like this 
from happening again, and I hope 
the leadership of the fraternity 
community will ask themselves 
what changes they can make to 
keep this kind of accident from 
happening again." 

The Interfraternity Council is 
writing a constitution, part of 
which will concern rush rules and 
guidelines for a more structured 
and safe Bid Day. 

"We need to have dialogue 
between fraternities," declares 
Yakots, a former member of 
the Interfraternity Council. "It's 
going to take the leadership of 
the fraternities and not just the 
president and vice president 
but other individuals within the 
fraternity who people can talk to. 
I know certain guys are looking 
into that, and hopefully the 
administration sees us proactively 
taking steps." 

going on? 

All-Saints Chapel 

Thurs., Oct. 27 
11:25 a.m. 

Friday Forum 

Oct. 28, A.C. 215 
12:30 p.m. 
Dr. Earl Kellogg will 
present "Development 
in Africa: Neglecting the 
Agricultural Imerative?" 

Millsaps Singers 

Frid., Oct. 28 
7:30 p.m. 

The Singers present "One 
World/ Many Musics" 
Music from around 
the world in the Ford 
Academic Complex 
Recital Hall 

Sports Day 

Sat., Oct. 29 

The Office of Admissions 
and the Department of 
Athletics hosts Sports 
Day for prospective 

Musical Performance 

Sun., Oct. 30 
3 p.m. 

Ford Academic Complex 
Recital Hall 

Dr. Cheryl Coker gives a 
faculty recital. Featured 
performers are Janette 
Sudderth, Jim Mortisugu 
and Rachel Heard. 

HBO Special "Rome" 

Sun., Oct. 30 
AC 215 

The Classics Club will 
host a viewing of the 
HBO special "Rome". 
Discussion starts at 8:45 


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Coffee season approaches; are students ready? 

Kyle Doherty 

Features Editor 

During the scorching heat of 
the summer and fall months, 
iced drinks of all kinds are at a 
premium. However, now that the 
months and months of desolate 
Mississippi cold are approaching, 
students scramble to find some 
warmth and respite. The iced 
summer drinks are now spurned 
and replaced by their hotter 

The drink of choice for most 
red-blooded Americans in these 
situations is coffee. Originally a 
bean native to Ethiopia, coffee is 
roasted, ground and percolated 
with hot water to create the drink 
known and loved throughout 
the world today. In fact, coffee 
beans, prized for their delicious 
properties, are the second most- 
traded commodity on Earth, 
second only to petroleum. 

"It makes me feel alive," says 
freshman coffee enthusiast Mary 
Wilson. "It liberates my soul." 

There are many ways for the 
Millsaps student to come across this 
drink. Our very own "Caf" even 
supplies a coffee-like substance 
for students' consumption. 

"I drink Caf coffee breakfast, 
lunch and dinner," Wilson tells. 
However, she admits that she 
doesn't drink it for its taste 
appeal. "I drink it really quickly," 
she admits. "I'm not really a 


For those more inclined toward 
ambiance, conversation, acoustic 
music and exorbitant prices, there 
are coffee shops. 

Barristas Dustin Demers and 
Millsaps junior T.J. Jackson, who 
work for Cups in Fondren take 
great pride in the service they 
provide thirsty, tired patrons. 
"[Coffee] revitalizes the body 
with energy," explains Jackson. 
"It makes people happier." 

They also take great pride in 
the quality of their beans, which 
come from all over the world. 

"We get our coffee from all over 
the place," Jackson says. "Africa, 
Mexico . . . everywhere. " 

Despite its city-wide franchise 
status, Cups has many scruples 
when it comes to the ethics of their 
coffee purchases. "We've got Free 
Trade coffee," explains Demers. 
"That means that there are rules 
so that the coffee workers get paid 

Jackson, being in the vicinity 
of all types of coffee all day, has 
even begun to develop an affinity 
for them. He believes it's possible 
to see one's own characteristics in 
the coffee they drink. 

"I'm a Pure Kona," he claims, 
referring to the volcano-grown 
Hawaiian coffee, $4 per cup at 
Cups. "I'm a pretty mild kind of 


He advises other coffee 
enthusiasts to consider what type 

of brew they themselves would be 
the next time they take a sip. 

Some, however, prefer not to 
have such spiritual epiphanies 
in public. They can be perfectly 
content with their coffee 
experience in the privacy of their 
own homes through the marvel of 
personal coffee makers. 

"It's convenient," says Rachel 
Shows, a freshman known to 
occasionally make and drink 
coffee. "You can make it in your 
room instead of having to go 

"It's also cheaper," she asserts, 
perhaps thinking of the rising gas 
prices and the overhead involved 
in buying ready-made coffee. 

Shows goes on to imply that 
one's grades can improve by 
drinking coffee and thereby 
becoming more alert in class. As 
to the drink's spiritual properties, 
she has no comment. 

Whether iced, sugared, 
creamed or black, coffee's allure 
is known throughout campus 
and the nation beyond. So much 
so, in fact, that the United States 
has become the world's largest 
consumer of the beverage. With 
the coming winter chill, one can 
assume that Millsaps' coffee love 
affair will only intensify. With so 
many ways to get the java fix, 
students will never be at a loss for 
their caffeinated friend. 

Photo by Rachel Fontenot 
Caffeine crazy: Sophomore Cory Williamson tries to keep his cool 
with caffeine as cold weather and busy schedules have students 
reaching for a hot cup of coffee. 

'Tis the season for baseball fever 

Ben Cain 

Staff Writer 

The World Series is upon us, 
and nobody is enjoying life more 
than supporters of the Chicago 
White Sox and Houston Astros. 
Sports fans are some of the most 
loyal and superstitious people on 
Earth and baseball lovers are no 

Professional baseball has a rich 
history of strange curses, talismans 
and rituals which become simply 
part of the game. For years the 
Boston Red Sox suffered through 
the Curse of the Bambino and the 
Chicago Cubs are still battling the 
hex of one grumpy goat. Former 
major-league pitcher Turk Wendell 

would not take the mound without 
four pieces of black licorice — no 
more, no less — and he brushed 
his teeth in the dugout between 
each inning. 

Baseball is also responsible for 
a uniquely American phenomenon 
beloved by Little Leaguers 
everywhere: the rally cap. The 
players don't have a monopoly on 
this behavior, however. Indeed, 
some of the most entertaining 
examples of quirky actions come 
from the fans. 

The moods of fans across 
the nation rise and fall with the 
fortunes of their teams, and many 
fans here at Millsaps have been 
following their favorite squads 
intently all season long. 

It is difficult to establish the 
standard by which the devotion of 
a fan can be measured, but a fan's 
passion can be determined by the 
lengths they are willing to go to in 
support of their team. 

Sophomore Mary Deaton 
and freshman Katie Lewallen 
share a love for the New York 
Yankees. Lewallen admits that her 
fascination with the Yankees began 
when she noticed that a certain 
boy owned a large amount of team 
merchandise, but since that time 
she has developed into a true fan 
in her own right. She isn't afraid 
to go out on a limb for her squad. 
"If it would help the Yankees win 
the World Series soon, I would 
definitely wear Dr. Lucas' purple 

Crocs," asserts Lewallen. 

Deaton once had the privilege 
of attending a game between the 
Yankees and Red Sox at Yankee 
Stadium. The emotion of the 
moment overcame her and she 
was moved to tears. Apparently 
she didn't get Tom Hanks' memo. 
Don't worry, there is still definitely 
no crying in baseball. 

Sophomore Drew McDowell 
swears, "I would definitely kill 
[Millsaps senior] J. P. McVaugh if it 
got the Expos to the World Series." 
It seems even ritualistic murder is 
not too much to ensure the victory 
of one's favorite baseball club. 

Dr. Steve Smith, normally the 
voice of reason and balance in the 
philosophy department, screamed 

himself hoarse this summer at an 
Atlanta Braves game. Admissions 
counselor and fellow Braves fan 
Thomas Adams has vowed to sell 
all of his belongings and move into 
a dugout at Turner Field if Atlanta 
wins a World Series. 

What is it about baseball that 
does this to otherwise calm, 
sensible people? Some hypothesize 
that seeing grown men clobber 
something with sticks appeals 
to our primal nature. Perhaps 
anthropologists will one day find 
the reason why fanatical devotion 
to teams of sports players is a 
distinctly human characteristic. 

If we had fall break I would... 

PAGE 5 • THURSDAY. October 27 2005 'THE P&W 


Avian flu virus arrives, plague may ensue 

Brad Corban and Will 



As if the human race hasn't 
suffered enough in recent months, 
the avian flu virus is poised to 
create another catastrophe. With 
over 100 cases of infected humans 
in Asia already, over half of whom 
have died, scientists speculate that 
a widespread flu pandemic on a 
global scale would kill hundreds 
of millions of people. 

The question is not IF a 
pandemic will break out, the 
question is WHEN it will strike 
and HOW BAD it will become. 

A flu pandemic would spread 
if the current H5N1 virus mutated 
into a form transmittable between 
humans, according to reporters at 
National Public Radio. 

"It's easy to be afraid of a virus 
that will liquefy your internal 
organs a few hours after infection," 
remarks senior biology major 
Brandon Fontenelle. "But those are 
the brash and stupid viruses that 
aren't very skilled at transmitting 
themselves. It's the smart kids 
capable of causing mass infections 
before they kill their hosts which 
are truly terrifying." As of now, 
the only people at risk of catching 
the avian flu are those who come 
in direct contact with infected 
fowl. In efforts to keep the virus 
from spreading, millions of birds 
across Asia and Europe have been 

How will America fare in this 
viral pandemonium? The Trust 
for America's Health warns that 
the U.S. has not taken the proper 
steps to ensure domestic safety 
and that the government has failed 
"to establish a cohesive, rapid 

and transparent U.S. pandemic 
strategy. " 

If that's not enough to ruffle 
your feathers, the only medical 
weapon against the pandemic 
would be Tamiflu, a scarce drug 
that would be rationed out by 
the Bush administration first to 
medical personnel if an outbreak 
occurred. This is according to 
Health and Human Services 
Secretary Michael Leavitt, as 
reported by Richard Knox of NPR. 

Bush has also suggested the use 
of military force in combating the 
possible plague. Unfortunately, 
this would not entail the bloody 
annihilation of birds with anti- 
aircraft guns. Rather, citizens 
would be quarantined in infected 

"If we had an outbreak 
somewhere in the United States, 
do we not then quarantine that 
part of the country? And how do 
you, then, enforce a quarantine?" 
Bush asked during a recent press 
conference, to which a few 
people answered, "Why are you 
asking us?" 

Such measures are unpopular 
and have many citizens scared. 
Most can only imagine, in the 
event of an outbreak, being 
confined by armed troops into an 
area that resembles a scene out of 
Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds." 
Though the chances of extreme 
sickness due to a viral infection 
are probably greater, we cannot 
overlook the possibility of a seagull 
attack on a rural playground. 

How many will die? When the 
pandemic arises, a vaccine will 
be almost irrelevant, says Michael 
Osterholm of the University of 
Minnesota in a recent interview 
with NPR's Steve Inskeep. Vaccine 
manufacturing technology hasn't 

advanced since the '50s, and once 
the outbreak occurs, vaccines 
won't be available for at least six 
to eight months, meaning that the 
pandemic will last about 12 to 18 
months before the recovery phase. 
It's estimated that 1.9 million 
people will die in the United States 
alone, and if the same percentage 

of the world population dies in 
this outbreak as it did in the 1918 
"Spanish Flu," then 174 million 
people will perish. 

In the 1918 pandemic, about 
25 percent of the population was 
infected, with approximately 
650,000 deaths, according to Vikki 
Valentine of 

Such a catastrophe would 
make hurricanes, mudslides and 
earthquakes look like little more 
than a plague of locusts. One 
can only hope that, due to global 
warming, the birds will all migrate 
somewhere else. Then, it would 
be Canada's problem. 

Photo by Jason Jarin 

Chicken run: The Avian Flu threatens to make the trip across the Atlantic as the virus spreads anew 
from Asia to Europe. 

Students look for ways to fight fall fat 

Amber Rhodes 


Have you noticed that most 
people seem plumper in the cold 
weather than during the bikini 
season? Well, do not settle for 
the excuse that winter clothes are 
thick. It has been proven that most 
people gain weight over the cold 
months. Some attribute the gain 
to the numerous holidays during 
the season, in which food is a 
key factor. Others say it is human 
instinct that dates back to the 
cave man — it is in our nature to 
add fat in preparation for a winter 
food shortage. Whatever the case, 
we can beat the bulge. We can get 
into fall fitness before the calories 
and pounds have accumulated. 

When looking around campus, 
it is hard to miss the numerous 
athletes preparing for games. So 
what exactly are they doing to stay 
fit? The basketball and football 
teams are running like crazy while 
the cheerleaders are shaking their 
pom-poms. Exercising is not the 
only thing they are doing, though. 
They are also watching what they 

"I try not to eat cookies and ice 
cream and definitely no soda," 
says freshman football player Eric 

Why cut out the sweets and 
sodas? Too much sugar and 
caffeine can really harm an 
athlete's heart, but that does 
not mean that we non-athletes 
have to take the same approach. 

Just as long as the goodies are 
consumed modestly, we will be in 
good shape. 

There are many ways ■ that 
the average college student can 
maintain good health. One way is 
a little exercise called the "push 
away." It is very simple; you just 
sit at a table with your plate in 
front of you and push away from 
the extra helping of food. Just 
because the food is there does 
not mean you have to eat it. We 
should eat in moderation and 
only eat when hungry. We can 
also avoid eating late at night. 
It is very cliche, but the saying 
"breakfast is the most important 
meal of the day" is probably true. 

According to Charles Stuart 
Platkin, a nutrition and public 

Photo by Jason Jarin 

The Millsaps Lacrosse Club tries to keep fit in the fall by staying active even despite the cold weather. 
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health advocate, "Food eaten in 
the morning tends to last longer." 
So if you eat in the morning, you 
will not eat so much throughout 
the day, thus avoiding the shock 
of tight-fitting jeans. It is also a 
good idea to drink plenty of water 
instead of beverages loaded with 
sugar and carbonation. Water is 
filling and washes away excess 
sugars in the body. 

Another challenge many 
students face is finding the time 
to exercise. There are numerous 
options on campus to solve this 
problem. If you are bold enough, 
you could run, run and run 
some more with the basketball 
teams. The simplest of things can 
also count as exercise. Walking 
across campus instead of driving 
or taking the stairs instead of 
elevators in public places can 
really burn the calories. 

The Hall Activities Center is 
a great place for people of all 

fitness levels. You can find classes 
varying from 30-minute cardio to 
the kickboxing class which will 
be added in the spring. The laid- 
back atmosphere can take your 
mind off of the exercise. 

The best part about the HAC 
is that you do not have to be an 
expert to join a class. Even so, 
it's important to exercise caution 
as well as your body. "You really 
want to ease into it," advises 
Cindy Strine, director of the 
activities center. "Many people 
try to take on too much too soon 
and end up hurting themselves. " 

With that in mind, take 
advantage of the beginners to 
advanced classes and fitness 
options right here on campus 
and do it soon. We can get rid of 
the fall fat before it gets here; do 
not wait to make it a New Year's 
Resolution. So put down the 
candy bar, grab a friend and have 
fun with fall fitness. 

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Can you feel it? The intensity 
is almost unbearable. Finally, 
the day that I've been waiting 
for is almost here. Only two 
more days remain. Do you 
have your outfit ready? I'm 
still trying to decide exactly 
what I'm wearing. But I'm so 
excited that I'm having trouble 
with my decision. 

I think I might cover my 
entire body with purple paint 
and put purple glitter in my 
hair. Then I'll make some 
pants that have one purple leg 
and one white leg. My shirt 
will have 'Majors' written all 
over it. Finally I'll paint my 
toenails purple and wear my 
white flip-flops. Oh, but what 
about my purple and white 
hat, or my pompoms? Where 
will they go? 

Do you see how much 
planning it takes, how 
important this day is? Have you 
figured it out yet? It's "Purple 
Pride Day" of course, the day I 
ook forward to almost as much 
as Christmas or my birthday; 
the day that I wake up early 
to get my game mentality and 
exercise my vocal cords, so 
that I can shout in the stands 
until I turn purple. 

I want to stress to you al 
just how important this day is. 
We've got to step it up! Lately, I 
haven't noticed as much school 
spirit during games. Majors, it's 
time to up the excitement. It's 
time to let our athletes know 
that we care, that we support 
them. All home games are free 
to Millsaps students, so money 
shouldn't be an issue. And 
anybody can express spirit 
- it doesn't take a trained 

So here's my solution: 
Let's all cover ourselves in 
purple and white. I'm talking 
paint, shirts, shorts, pants, 
shoes, marker, paper, tissue, 
wrapping paper, White-Out, 
towels, whatever you can 
get your hands on - we need 
to take creativity to soaring 
levels. And then let's go to the 
game on Saturday, screaming 
at the top of our lungs, letting 
our team know that we care 

Don't let the spirit stop 
with the game on Saturday. 
We've got to release the fever 
throughout the school - come 
on, you know how fast things 
spread around here! We've got 
to see it people, believe it, fee 
it, know it, taste it. We have 
got to bleed purple and white 

The Life 

Jfe Editor. Chelal Wen. (601) 974 UU vreston»inlllsdps edu 

Students take caution crossing campus 

Candice Fisher 

Staff writer 

Walking across campus alone 
at night can be a scary experience, 
especially for female students. 

The area between Murrah Hall 
and the Christian Center is of most 
concern to students at night. 

"It scares me when the roaches 
in the leaves rustle because I feel 
like someone's behind me," says 
freshman Elizabeth Salathe. 

Some lone students try to 
find groups walking in the same 
direction at night. Others find it 
helpful to call a friend to walk 
with them. 

"I've been called to walk girls 
across campus at night plenty of 
times. I'm more than willing to help 
out," says freshman Mike Moore. 

A campus escort service is 
available for those nervous about 
walking alone. Many, however, 
are either unaware or hesitant to 
take advantage of this offer. 

"I think a lot of girls are 
embarrassed to call an escort, yet 
they should not be. Unfortunately, 
campus is not always as safe as 
one would think," says freshman 
Nosha Robinson. 

Escorts can be reached at 
ext.1234 on the call boxes located 
around campus. In the case of 
an emergency, security can be 
reached by pressing the red "help" 
button located on the call boxes. 

The SBA Capital Improvements 
committee works with campus 
security to improve such measures 
on campus. Junior Holly Dickens, 
co-chairwoman of the committee 
says, "Capital Improvements 
plans on having many 'walk- 
arounds' through out the year 
and meeting with Todd Rose to 
improve campus security." 

The SBA also sponsors events 
such as town hall meetings and 
security forums so that students 
will have the opportunity to to 
present security and safety issues. 

Vice President for Campus 
Services Todd Rose offers some 
advice to students trying to stay 
safe while on campus. "The best 
thing anyone can do on a college 
campus is to be aware of their 
surroundings," he advises. 

"If someone is uncomfortable 
walking alone, call a friend to 
walk with them, or wait for 
someone to walk with them. Let 
your roommate or your best friend 
know where you will be if you 
are gone for an extended period. 
Take advantage of the services 
of Campus Safety. They'll send 
an officer or a student patrol to 
escort a student," says Rose. 

No one should feel embarrassed 
because they are apprehensive 
about walking across campus 
alone at night. It is always better 
to err on the side of caution than 
to take unnecessary risks. Campus 
security is here to help, and 

Photo by Jason Jarin 

Dark walkways and late hours leave students such as senior Gina 
Colon wary of walking across campus late at night. 

students should feel free to take 
full advantage of their services. 

Sophomore Beth Saddler 
says that she believes safety 
should be more important than 

"I don't think girls should be 

embarrassed because it's a safety 
issue," asserts Saddler. "If you 
don't have a friend or anybody to 
walk with, then definitely call the 
escorts. It's better to be safe than 

Get your target, get your gun, get going 

Ace Madjlesi 

Staff Writer 

"Watch your back." 

This is the advice that junior 
Nancy Salloum gives to any 
student participating in this 
year's Assassin Game. Salloum is 
secretary of Activities and Campus 
Entertainment (ACE), formerly 
known as Major Productions - 
the organization on campus that 
frequently plans events available 
to the Millsaps student body. 

For the fourth year, ACE will 
sponsor the Assassin Game. 
Students playing the game 
have their picture taken and 
are provided with the picture of 
another player - their target - and 
a water gun. 

"There is a specific time period 
in which you need to 'kill' your 
target by shooting them with a 
water gun," explains Cindy Strine, 
director of campus recreation. 
"If you do not complete your 
assignment by the specified time, 
you are dropped from the game. 
If you kill your assigned target, 
then you take over their target, 
and [thus] move through the 
game. " 

The Assassin Game is played 
each semester, with fall semester 
being the more popular time to 

"Last year, we had 130 players 
in the fall and 60 in the spring. 
This year we already have over 

120 players signed up," says 

The contestants with the most 
kills and the last student "alive" 

receive prizes. What students 
have to remember is that while 
they are hunting their victims, 
someone else is hunting for them, 

Photo by Jason Jarin 

Ready, set, draw: Millsaps gets in spy mode as the annual Assassin 
Game kicks off another year of undercover water guns. 

and they have no idea who that 
might be. 

"Last year, I was killed 
shortly after I started 
playing, by my roommate!" 
exclaims senior Erika Cruz. 

The game is more difficult than 
it may seem, as there are certain 
areas that are off-limit kill zones 
such as the Caf, dorm rooms or 

"I'm not going to have to 
resort to cheap tactics like getting 
someone outside of the Caf," 
boasts freshman Matt Christion. 
"I plan on relying on my superior 
tracking skills to take home a 
victory. " 

For many students, the best 
advice is constant vigilance and 
clandestine motives. "The only 
way to stay alive is to keep your 
target and your plan to get them 
a secret," warns senior Brad 

But not everyone is signing 
up for a water gun. While the 
Assassin Game is all in fun, some 
students find it too violent. 

"I'm not playing the Assassin 
Game this year because I find 
the gratuitous violence in it to 
be morally reprehensible," says 
senior Major Hollis. 

But the popularity of the 
game is probably enough to keep 
Millsaps students playing for 
years to come. 


Sunday 10/30 I Wednesday 11/2 



•Jazz, Art and Friends @ the 
Mississippi Museum of Art, 
6 p.m. - 9 p.m., $7 

•Mofro, Legendary J.C.'s @ 
Hal & Mai's, 10 p.m., $10 

Friday 10/28 

•'Fright Night 2005' @ 
Jackson Zoo, 6 - 9 p.m., $5 
for Friends of the Zoo and 
children 2 - 12, $7 general 

•Final performance of New 
Stage Theater's "Woman in 
Black", 2 p.m., $22 

Monday 10/31 

•Crossroad Film Society 
presents "Rize" @ Parkway 
Place Regal Cinema, 
7:30 p.m., $7 
•Halloween Party: 
Daybreakdown @ Hal & Mai's 
10 p.m., $5 

Saturday 10/29 I Tuesday 11/1 

•W. Kessler Ltd.'s Best 
of Broadway presents 
"Oklahoma!", 7:30 p.m. 


•Belhaven College 
Conversations: Chamber 
Music Series, Recital Room, 
7:30 p.m., $10 

•Mistletoe marketplace 
the Mississippi Trade Mart 
Reading and signing for 
Dick Morris' book "Condi 
vs. Hilary: The Next 
Great Presidential Race" @ 
Lemuria, 5 p.m. 

Thursday 11/3 

Fondren ARTmix f/ art, 
music, food and cool wares 
in the Historic Fondren 
•Silent auction @ Rainbow 
Natural Grocery during the 
ARTmix, 5 - 8 p.m. 

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Millsaps Singers presents 'One World - Many Musics' 

Rob Stephens 

Staff Writer 

Tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. the 
Millsaps Singers will present 
their fall concert. This semester's 
concert will be especially appealing 
because of its musical and cultural 
diversity. The concert, entitled 
"One World - Many Musics," will 
feature music from nine different 
countries around the world. 

So what is it like being a Millsaps 
Singer in the rehearsals right 
before the concert? Sophomore 
Beth Ann Baker says, "It's really 
not that different right before a 
concert because Dr. Coker works 
us hard all the time so that we are 
always prepared. " 

"It's very stressful but exciting at 
the same time because Dr. Coker's 
enthusiasm is contagious," adds 
sophomore Ashley Hewitt. 

From the primal rhythms of 
the African Missa Luba, to the 
static rhythm of In Flander's Field 
from Canada, "One World - Many 
Musics" is filled with a colorful 
array of . pieces highlighting 
emotions from several cultures. 

Dr. Timothy Coker intentionally 
designed the concert around 
rhythm. "In so many cultures 
around the world, rhythm is the 
dominant musical element," 
Coker says. 

Linda Nix, assistant to Coker, 
says that before the semester she 
watched Coker work very hard to 
put together a great concert. "He 
looks at each part [of the songs] 
individually so that he can teach 
the Singers to get the sound he is 
looking for. " 

The concert is separated into 
two parts: the first half features 
sacred music, while the second 
features secular. 

Unfortunately, due to 
Hurricane Katrina, there was 
less time for rehearsals, and as a 
result, a few pieces had to be cut. 
However, the Millsaps Singers 
seem confident that the concert 
will still be excellent. 

"I think that everyone is stressed 
out because we've had less time 
than normal to prepare, " says Junior 
accompanist Ben Tomlinson. 

"But Dr. Coker works best 
under pressure. After a few more 
rehearsals, I think it will turn out 
to be a great concert." 

The featured countries and 
their respective songs include: 
Latin America - "Salmo 150" and 
"O Magnum Mysterium", Africa 
- "Missa Luba," United States 
(African American) - "Soon 
Ah Will Be Done and Praise 
His Holy Name," Canada - "In 
Flanders Field," Australia - "Past 
Life Melodies," Japan - "Sakura, 
Sakura," India - "Dravidian 

Diuthyramb," Venezuela - "Mata 
del Anima Sola" and Hungary 
- "Daemon Irrepit Callidus." 

Freshman Michael Cotton favors 
"Past Life Melodies" because 
"there is an inherent tension about 
it that never quite resolves," he 
expresses. "It's kind of tribal and 
very raw, sort of religious but in a 
non-western way." 

Baker's favorite is "Daemon 
Irrepit Callidus" because "it 
requires such a high amount of 
energy to sing. " 

"To discover and experience the 
rhythms of a culture is to discover 
[that culture's] soul," state the 
program notes. "One World - 
Many Musics" is organized around 
this idea - it gives the listener 

examples of music from different 
cultures, revealing a part of that 
culture through rhythm. The 
program notes for the concert also 
state that "our intuitive ability to 
make sense of rhythmic contexts 
seems to be a universal trait," and 
"One World - Many Musics" asks 
its listener to do just that. 

Photo by Jason Jarin 

One World, Many Musics: Dr.Timothy Coker rehearses with the Millsaps Singers for their upcom- 
ing fall concert entitled "One World - Many Musics," which features music from different countries 
around the globe. 

Bethlehem Center opens its heart to Jackson's midtown 

Anansa Bailey 

Staff Writer 

When it comes to service, 
Millsaps is no stranger to 
Jackson's Bethlehem Center, 

"I like volunteering at the 
Bethlehem Center because I 
love seeing the smiles on the 
kids' faces. It lets me know that 
I've made a difference," says 
sophomore Catherine Clark, 
the CMT task force chair of the 

"We always have a group from 
Millsaps come and volunteer," 
says program executive director 
Reverend Allison Carr Dickerson. 

Dickerson, a 1997 Millsaps 
graduate, became the new 
executive director four months 
ago. Since the change in directors, 
no changes in the programs at 
the center have been made, but 
Dickerson does have a few in 


"We want to start more 
programs in the evening for parent 
enrichment such as computer 
class," she says. 

With a majority of working 
parents putting in an average of 
eight to 10 hours at the office 
each week, many elementary- 
aged students are in need of 
after-school programs. For many 
families in the Jackson Midtown 
area, The Bethlehem Center is a 
perfect solution. The Bethlehem 
Center, a guiding light in the 
community, is not just a child care 
facility, but also a missionary for 
community outreach and growth. 

Located on North Blair Street, 
the Bethlehem Center was founded 
in 1933 by two United Methodist 
Churches who were concerned 
about inner city Jackson families. 
The Center provides low income 
families with child care, a free 
income tax assistance program 

and community development 
projects in the Farish Street 
Historic District of Jackson. 

The Bethlehem Center is also 
a part of the Communities of 
Shalom, which is a coalition 
of churches, businesses and 
residents working toward planning 
and implementing community 
renewal and restoration. 

The Bethlehem Center has 
a preschool, after-school and 
summer camp, which are taught 
by certified teachers. Students 
attend the center on a scholarship, 
but also pay a low fee. 

"Once the child is enrolled 
here the parents must do 12 hours 
of community service if the child 
is in pre-school, or six hours if in 
after-school. This is a good way 
to get parents more involved with 
their children's education," says 

Parents can volunteer at 
the center in various ways 

such as helping organize the 
library or helping students with 

Volunteering is not just open 
to the parents of the children 
that attend the Center, but also to 
members of the community. 

"The children love 
for volunteers to 
stop by and work 
with them." 

-Rev. Allison Dickerson, 
Executive Director 

In fact, the Campus Ministry 
Team will be holding, a birthday 
party tomorrow for the pre- 
school children born in the 
month of October. "We will have 
snacks and juice and sing 'Happy 
Birthday' and play with the kids," 
says Clark. 

Phi Mu Sorority will also host 
a Fall Carnival for the after-school 
children on Oct. 30. 

who are looking for opportunities 
to volunteer might be interested in 
activities at the Center scheduled 
for the beginning of next year. In 
the spring, the Bethlehem Center 
will be providing free income 
tax assistance to the community 
through a ' program called 
VITA (Volunteer Income Tax 
Assistance). To become a VITA 
volunteer, you can go to www.irs. 
gov, click on VITA, complete the 
test, and contact the Center. 

So how can an organization 
or individual get involved with 
the Bethlehem center? Call [601) 
355-0224 or stop by the Center 
any time. 

"Any idea is welcome, we want 
the children to have a good idea 
of what's out there, especially 
the arts," says Dickerson. So go 
volunteer and let your Millsaps 
light shine. 

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Contaci Sports Editor Ashley Wilbourn, (Mill ')7-l-l2il or VMlbwrfJmiUsap 

In the Bleachers... 

Image is everything 



NBA Commissioner David 
Stern is under the impression 
that image is everything. A vast 
majority of the athletes of the 
NBA are under the impression 
that Stern's new policy is 
oppressive and racist. This new 
policy is the dress code imple- 
mented by Commissioner Stern 
early last week. The dress code 
requires players to be dressed in 
business casual attire whenever 
conducting matters pertaining 
to the league, with the commis- 
sioner defining business casual 
as a minimum of a dress shirt, 
dress slacks and dress shoes. 
This strictly prohibits popular 
accessories such as headgear of 
any kind, sunglasses indoors 
and any hanging jewelry on the 
outside of clothing. 

Opinions about this prece- 
dent on attire are varied and 
wide-ranging. With a few 
exceptions, players are general- 
ly against the policy, while 
coaches are showing 
Commissioner Stern praise and 

With this new dress code 
Commissioner Stern is attempt- 
ing to clean up the NBAs 
image, which has been tar- 
nished, over the past few years. 
In the midst of brawls between 
players and fans in arena 
crowds and a rape trial with 
one of the league's perennial 
superstars, the league's image 
needs a makeover. Stern 
believes a dress code is the 

The NBA is a big-business 
corporation, and Stern as well as 
other league officials believes 
players need to start acting like 
it, representing it with class. 
Future Hall of Fame Coach Phil 
Jackson emphatically stated, 
"The players have been dressing 
in prison garb the past five or six 
years. All the stuff that goes on, 
it's like gangster, thuggery 
stuff." This might be a little 
extreme, but when a figure head 
of the league such as Phil 
Jackson speaks out, people lis- 

On the other side of the ball, 
some players admit they will tol- 
erate the code while some are 
embracing it. Many players, 
however, have used terms such 
as strict, retarded and even racist 
when asked to comment about 
the new policy. Among others, 
Indiana Pacers guard Stephen 
Jackson has been very outspo- 
ken about how displeased he is 
with the dress code. He even 
went so far as to say that 
Commissioner Stern is targeting 
black males in his age bracket. 

What Jackson fails to under- 
stand is that this is not an issue 
of race. African Americans are 
not the minority in the NBA. The 
NBA is composed of over 80% 
African- American males. In addi- 
tion, the NBA is a multi-million 
dollar corporation. There is not 
one other such corporation in 
which executives, managers and 
operatives conduct business in 
retro jerseys, do-rags and combat 
boots. Why should the NBA be 
any different? 

Philadelphia 76ers superstar 
and former league MVP Allen 
Iverson said, "Putting someone 
in a suit will not make them a 
good person." Iverson makes a 
very good point. Furthermore, 
he inadvertently defended the 
man [Stern] he has butted 
heads with so many times. 
Stern knows that he can only 
control the actions of the play- 
ers in the league to a certain 
extent. The implementation of 
this dress code, however, is the 
first step in obtaining some of 
the respect that the league may 
not necessarily warrant, but has 
lost over the past few years. 

From Kenya to Millsaps: 

Cross country coach brings experience to 
team while experiencing new things 

Tyler O'Hara 

Staff Writer 

Millsaps cross country has a new 
attitude and a new head coach. 
This season, David Rop joins the 
Majors and is set on establishing 
Millsaps as one of the top cross 
country programs in the country. 
Coach Rop may have left Jackson 
State University to come to 
Millsaps, but his journey here has 
been much longer than that. 

Coach Rop was born and raised in 
Kenya, where running is the num- 
ber one sport. Growing up in such 
a community helped Rop develop 
his love for running while very 
young, and he has been running 
ever since. 

"Many people play sports like 
basketball. We didn't know basket- 
ball, but we ran," explains Rop. He 
developed into a promising runner 
in high school and never looked 
back. He admits, "Not much is 
more important than running." 

By 1995, Rop had become one of 
the top runners in Kenya, and he 
had his sights set on Atlanta and 
the 1996 Olympic Games. Rop 
attempted to qualify for the 800- 
meter event; however, he fell just 
short of qualifying for the team.. 

"The first three made it, but I 
was the fourth guy," recalls Rop. 
Looking back on it and chuckling, 
Rop admits, "I expected to be in 
Atlanta with a free airplane ticket, 
but I ended up in the United States 

After attending college in Kenya 
for a year, Rop set off for America, 

specifically Jackson State 
University. From 1996-2000 Rop 
studied at Jackson State, where he 
ran for the cross country team. 
Rop was chosen the MVP of 
indoor and outdoor cross country 
for the Southwestern Athletic 
Conference from 1996 through 
1999. From 1997 through 1999, he 

Photo by Frank Ezelle 

qualified for the NCAA Division I 
Cross Country Nationals. From 
1997-1999 and then again in 2001, 
Rop qualified for the NCAA 
Division I 800-meter indoor and 

outdoor regionals. He also won the 
Crimson Tide Invitational held at 
the University of Alabama in 1997 
and again in 1998. 

Rop graduated with a master's 
degree in mathematics and began 
teaching math at Jackson State in 
2001. In addition to teaching, Rop 
also served as assistant coach of the 
track and field teams. Now the 
head coach for both the men's and 
women's cross country teams at 
Millsaps, Coach Rop is ready to 
work and ready to win. 

"I am used to doing my own 
workouts, so I know what it takes 
to get in shape," he explains. "A lot 
of students who ran in the past 
either graduated or left, but I have 
runners with ability and they must 
build up the program," he adds. 

"He's definitely a good motiva- 
tor," says sophomore runner Ivy 
Settlemires. Being a runner himself 
allows Coach Rop to understand 
his team and how they react to 
getting in shape. "There is more 
variety in our workouts, and he 
lets us work out on our own," 
Settlemires notices. 

"He doesn't hold us to specific 
goals, but he expects us to do our 
best and improve and so far we 
have," remarks sophomore Will 

Coach Rop has already come 
from Kenya to Millsaps. Now, there 
is no way of knowing how far he 
and the Majors will advance from 
here. They will complete this sea- 
son's journey on Oct. 29 at the 
SCAC Championships at Hendrix 
College in Conway, Ark. 

Volleyball team continues 
to work through season 

Ben Cain 

Staff Writer 

The Millsaps Lady Majors volley- 
ball team has faced a year full of 
ups and downs, but dedication, 
teamwork and excellent leadership 
has kept the team right in the thick 
of the SCAC standings. The Lady 
Majors went into last weekend's 
divisional tournament at Rhodes 
College riding the momentum of a 
perfect 4-0 showing at the cross- 
divisional tournament on the previ- 
ous weekend. 

In Memphis, the Majors faced 
fierce competition from 
Southwestern, Trinity, Rhodes and 
Hendrix. Millsaps dropped close, 
hard-fought matches to 
Southwestern and Trinity on Friday, 
but on Saturday they displayed 
remarkable resilience and stole a 
win from Hendrix with a remark- 
able comeback. In their final match, 
the team took Rhodes deep into the 
second and third games but was 
unable to manage a win. 

Sarah Exley, a sophomore outside 
hitter from Houston, Texas, spoke of 
the determination the Millsaps team 

displayed during their win against 
Hendrix, saying, "We had to dog- 
fight that one. " 

After losing the first two games of 
the best-of-five match, the Lady 
Majors found themselves with their 
backs against the wall. They 
responded by stepping up their level 
of play and taking the next two 
games from Hendrix in dramatic 
fashion, winning each game by a 
margin of 30-27. Those two games 
turned the momentum of the match, 
and the revitalized Lady Majors fin- 
ished off the Lady Warriors by the 
comfortable margin of 15-8. 

Exley credits the win to a well- 
executed change in strategy by the 
team. After recognizing that their 
weakness against Hendrix was less- 
ening, Exley says that the team "had 
to adapt [their] playing style" to 
protect against this. Eliminating 
Hendrix's advantage in this area of 
the game was a key component of 
the turnaround. While it may seem 
difficult for a team to switch its style 
of play in the middle of a major 
tournament, the Lady Majors were 
able to accomplish the feat largely 

due to their team cohesion. 

Freshman Andy Kutcher affirms 
that the team's greatest competitive 
advantage lies in the interaction 
between its members. "Everyone 
gets along, and our team works real- 
ly well together," she says. 

Special credit is also due to the 
three senior team members, Liz 
Blanche, Jenn Pujol and Ashley 
Weber. The seniors have provided 
strong examples and shown excel- 
lent leadership ability all season. 
Exley expressed admiration for her 
senior teammates, stating, "We're 
graduating three magnificent sen- 
iors this year. Ashley Weber and 
Jenn Pujol have done a fabulous job 
as captains. I am very proud to have 
played with these seniors." 

On Friday night Millsaps will cel- 
ebrate Purple Pride night when the 
team takes on neighborhood rival 
Belhaven College in the Hanger 
Dome. Come out and support the 
Lady Majors as they take on the 
Blazers for the final time this year. 
The match will get underway at 7 



- Millsaps College vs. Sewanee 
Oct. 29, 1:30 p.m. 

Men's Soccer 

- Millsaps College vs. Hendrix 
Oct. 28, 8 p.m. 

- Millsaps College vs. Rhodes 
Oct. 30, 2 p.m. 

Women's Soccer: 

- Millsaps College vs. Hendrix 
Oct. 28, 6 p.m. 

- Millsaps College vs. Rhodes 
Oct. 30, 12 p.m. 


- Millsaps College vs. 

Oct. 28, 7 p.m. 

- Millsaps College at JSU 
Oct. 31, 7 p.m. 

- Millsaps College vs. Rust 
Nov. 2, 6 p.m. 

Cross Country 

- SCAC Championships in 
Conway, Ark. 

Oct. 29 

Last Week's Scores 


L - DePauw University, 51-14, 
(1-5, 0-3) 

Men's Soccer 

L - Trinity University, 9-1 (5- 
8, 0-5) 

W - Southwestern University, 
1-0 (6-8, 1-5) 

Women's Soccer 

L - Trinity University, 8-0 (2-8, 

L - Southwestern University, 
5-1 (2-9, 0-6) 


L - Mississippi Valley State 
University, 3-0, (11-10, 7-4) 
L - Southwestern University, 
3-0 (11-11, 5-4) 

L - Trinity University, 3-0 (11- 
12, 5-5) 

W - Hendrix College, 3-2 (12- 

12, 6-5) 

L - Rhodes College, 3-0 (12- 

13, 6-6) 

"The win against 
Southwestern was the first 
time in school history that 
we beat them at 
Southwestern. I hope the 
guys realize that at that 
level of play we can be 
competitive every game." 

-Lee Johnson, Head 
Coach, Men's Soccer 

The Majors beat the 
Southwestern Pirates 1-0 in 
double overtime this past 
weekend. The game served 
as the Majors first SCAC 
win of the season. They 
hope to continue this suc- 
cess during this weekend's 
games at home against 
Hendrix College and 
Rhodes College. 

Major Football Athlete 

Photo by Jason Jarin 

David Cutter 


Name: David Cutter 
Class: Senior 
Height: 6 0" 
Position: Defensive End 
Hometown: Huntsville, Ala. 
Major: Chemistry 

Future Plans: To become a good 
doctor and have fun along the way 


Food: Kathy Cutter's Spaghetti 

Caffood: Breakfast 

Drink: Whole milk 

Restaurant: Kathy Cutter's Kitchen 

Professor: Dr. Kramer 

Book: "The Two Towers" or "Their Eyes 

Were Watching God" 
Movie: "Road to Perdition" 
TV Show: "Late Nite with Conan 

Band: The Black Crowes 
Sport to Watch: Football or Baseball 

Cutter has played consistently strong defense for the Majors this season, with 13 
tackles to his credit before heading into last weekend's match-up against DePauw. 
Cutter sacked the Rose-Hulman quarterback twice in the Majors' last home outing and 
^ continued his success in Indiana, sacking the DePauw quarterback twice as well. 


Purple & 

November 3, 2005, Volume 70, No. 9 


Millsaps College 

Bad sportsmanship 
plagues athletic fans 

Miriam Gray 

Staff Writer 

Coaches often tell their players 
to ignore the frequently obscene 
comments made by fans. Freshman 
soccer player Callie Roth comments 
on this issue. "Fans sometimes harass 
the goalie or make fun of girls if they 
have bad hair and mismatched cleats. 
Our coach always tells us to not let 
the comments affect our play," says 

The fall semester is packed with 
numerous athletic events including 
football, soccer, volleyball and 
cross country. During most of these 
sporting events, the focus of attention 
is the actual game and players. 

Bleachers and tailgating areas 
are packed with parents, faculty, 
staff and students all there to cheer 
on their team to victory. However, 
sometimes the cheering becomes 
malicious and hateful. It is then that 
innocent cheering develops into bad 
sportsmanship on the part of the 

Several Millsaps soccer players 
gave an account of the most 
memorable incident of bad fan 
behavior for the Millsaps men's 
soccer team. "Last year, when the 
soccer team played Centre College, 

we wore armbands in memory of 
our graduate assistant coach, Ned 
Welles, who died in a car accident. 
Players along with fans from Centre 
College laughed at our armbands 
once we told them why we were 
wearing them," junior soccer player 
Ben Buckner. 

"It's great when fans come out 
support the team and do a little 
yelling here and there. It makes 
the game more enjoyable, but what 
Centre did was unnecessary," says 
Buckner. "There are always fans that 
will laugh and make small insults. 
It's all a part of the game, and very 
fun to watch if things don't get out 
of hand." 

Misbehaving fans have also been a 
factor in the Millsaps women's soccer 
games. Players on the women's 
team share their stories of bad fan 
behavior along with the good and 
hilarious. "There is a group of guys 
that sit next to our fence at home 
games. They're petty raunchy but we 
like them," explains freshman soccer 
player Bobbi Jones. "Sometimes it's 
a distraction but playing a song in 
your head helps a lot. Mom fights 
are the funniest, because they say 
things like, 'Don't touch my baby! 
Don't talk about my baby!'" 

Fans continued on page 3 

Purple Pride Paranoia 

Photo by Jason Jarin 

Purple frenzy: Millsaps students put on their purple and called out their cheers during last 
week's Purple Pride Weekend. This year's sports events pitted the Majors football team 
against the Sewanee Tigers, as well as against the Rhodes Lynx in soccer. 

Weekend of events planned for 
Welcome home Millsaps: Millsaps > annual Homecoming 

Candice Fisher 

Staff Writer 

Millsaps will be buzzing with 
activities beginning Nov. 3, in honor 
of the College's annual Homecoming 
football game. The game will be 
on Saturday Nov. 5. Millsaps will 
be playing Rhodes College. There 
will be many additional campus 
activities than the football game. 
Festivities will be held for students 
and alumni alike. 

On Saturday, Alumni Relations 
will host events centered on 
reunions for past graduated 
classes. There will be luncheons, 
receptions, and tailgating for 
alumni. John Conway, director 

of Alumni Relations, says, "Full 
brochures and schedules for the 
weekend wiii be available in the 
Office of Alumni Relations." 

Student clubs and organizations 
are also involved in the weekend's 
plans. A variety of student 
organizations are planning pre- 
game events. The Student Body 
Association is sponsoring many of 
the events. On Thursday, SBA is 
hosting a pep rally at 11:30 a.m. in 
the Bowl. During the rally, football 
players will be given an opportunity 
to speak and the Homecoming 
Queen will be announced. 

There will also be a Jambalaya 
Cook-off on Friday sponsored 
by SBA. For this event, different 
clubs and organizations can enter 

a jambalaya recipe to be judged. 
The cook-off will be held from 4 
to 6:30 p.m. 

Junior Holly Dickens plans on 
participating in this event. "I'm 
particularly excited about the 
jambalaya cook-off. It's something 
new and different. I'm trying to do 
more with Homecoming this year 
and be more involved." 

Saturday will also be full of 
opportunities to get involved. 
There is a homecoming 5-kilometer 
race that morning at 8. Tailgating 
will begin at the football field at 
12:30 p.m.. 

"Tailgating is sure to be a good 
time for all," says sophomore 
Drew McDowell. Many of the 
Greek organizations are looking 

forward to this event. 

Lambda Chi Alpha President 
J. P. McVaugh, a senior, says "As far 
as Homecoming activities, we are 
getting ready to pull out all of the 
stops for homecoming weekend. 
We are going to be tailgating like 
there is no tomorrow and lending 
our support to the football team 
through cheering and heckling. 
We will also be hosting a little 
something at our house for any 
alumni whom we have invited to 
welcome them back. " 

"I'm ready for the game. It 
should definitely be a good one," 
says freshman football player 
Mike Moore. During halftime, 
the official announcement of the 
Court will occur. The girls will 

be escorted on the field by their 
fathers; the Queen will be crowned 
at this time. 

The homecoming concert, 
held Saturday night, will feature 
Soul Rebels and Bag of Donuts. 
Throughout the weekend, tickets 
will be on sale for the A.C.E. 
sponsored concert at Hal and 
Mai's, from 8 to 11 p.m. 

The Student Body Association 
encourages students to get 
involved throughout the course 
of the weekend. "Things like this 
are always better when everyone 
comes out and participates," Brad 
Yakots, second vice president of 
the SBA, explains. "We hope that 
all the students will come out to 
the activities and support their 
representatives. " 

A winter home for plecostomus 

Meagan Malone 

Staff Writer 

Photo courtesy of Gayla Dance 
Math professor Gayla Dance holds her plecostomus that is in 
need of a winter home; her e-mail earlier this month had many 
wondered exactly what a Plecostomus is. 

Millsaps students, faculty and 
staff recently received an e-mail 
from math department chair 
Gayla Dance: "I am looking for 
a winter or permanent home for 
my plecostomus which looks like 
a mottled nurse shark. He has 
been living in my gold fish pond 
and has outgrown his 10 gallon 
aquarium. Being tropical, he won't 
survive the winter in the pond. If 
you would be interested in him, 
let me know, and I'll start trying 
to catch him." The e-mail had 
many recipients wondering what 
the rest of the story was behind 
this strange plecostomus. 

"I'm pretty sure that e-mail was 
the most bizarre thing that has 
ever appeared in my inbox," says 
freshman Molly Fromkin, who 
adds, "it took me awhile to decide 
whether or not it was a joke. " 

The e-mail was no joke. Dance 
does own a plecostomus and was 
truly in need of a winter home for 
the creature that her grandchildren 

have named "Spots. "Dance 
explains, "A plecostomus is just a 
type of fish that looks like a small 
shark." The plescostomus .has a 
rather long life span compared 
with other fish. "I was looking for 
some pictures on the internet and 
came across one of a 16-year-old 

Dance must relocate the 
plecostomus because of its' 
increasing size and habitat 
requirements. Last spring, Dance 
had a 600-gallon pond put in the 
backyard in which she released 
all of her aquarium fish. But since 
the plecostomus cannot survive in 
temperatures less than 50 degrees, 
she was forced to bring it inside for 
the winter. Unfortunately, the once 
tiny 3 inch fish she had purchased 
from PetSmart had grown to over 
a foot long and spent a long winter 
confined to her tiny aquarium. 

Dance, despite her passion for 
numbers, harbors a somewhat less 
public affection for nature. "I'm a 
frustrated naturalist! I should be 
in the biology department," Dance 
explains while displaying pictures 

of her backyard's pond in which a 
number of tropical fish live. Aside 
from fish, Dance has been the 
proud owner of ferrets, hamsters, 
finches, cats and dogs. Dance 
admits that currently her favorite 
pets are her two little yorkies who 
go by the names of Bailey and 

Dance has been given many 
options for the fish. Computer 
services' Brian Jackson was the 
first to reply to the desperate 
plea, followed by Classical studies 
professor Dr. Michael Gleason, both 
of whom offered to take care of the 
plecostomus during the winter. 

However, Dance recently 
received an e-mail from junior Kayla 
Ouellette who proposed another 
solution. "I'm doing research with 
Mike Stegal, head of the aquarium 
at the Museum of Natural Science. 
He said he would be glad to house 
the fish for the winter." 

In regards to the plecostomus 
leaving for the winter, Dance 
says,"I will miss him! I hope we 
have visiting privileges!" 

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Hey, watch those 
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_ PAGE 2 • THURSDAY, November 3, 2005 • THE P&W 


Energy situation in and around Millsaps becomes dire 

Within a few weeks after Hurricane Katrina, even without electricity, energy costs skyrocketed. For those of us who live off campus, the monthly electric bill since Katrina has not 
been the most pleasant piece of mail to open. But imagine opening the bill for the entire Millsaps campus. There are eight campus buildings and seven dormitories. All these buildings 
have to be heated and cooled and they all have to power computers, mini-fridges, microwaves, televisions, hair dryers and a variety of other necessities. Before any of this, the lights are 

still on at all hours of the night. . 

The College is making efforts to curb these costs. The "Purple & White" staff was asked last week what night we go to press to make sure they leave the air conditioner (or heater 
later this year) running on only that night. E.A.R.T.H. and Senate are coming up with other ideas to help keep down campus energy consumption. Hopefully students will also start keep- 
ing the air or heat at a reasonable temperature and turning the lights and television off when they leave their rooms. It may make little difference if one person turns off the lights, but 
it will make a difference if 700 people turn off their lights. 

We can all do our part to cut the electricity bill, but energy costs will still be high. One company is respsonsible for supplying power to millions of people across the South. Alter the 
hurricane hit, over LI million people were without power. This one company was in complete disarray, trying to move headquarters to make sure people still received their bills and 
paid their bill's, even if they did not have electricity. After collecting millions of dollars from millions of people, this company had the nerve to consider filing for bankruptcy. 

We were all hit hard by the hurricane, and Entergy had its fair share of problems. But when there is only one main energy company monopolizing one of the few necessities we need, 
a major problem arises for those who had not budgeted for such high costs being shoved on to the consumer from off-campus students to the College. 

Meanwhile, however, we can all keep doing our part. Cut the lights off, shut the computer down, wear more clothes when it gets cold and open a window when it is hot. If nothing 
else, we can keep money away from the ones who need it least and save it for those who need it most. 

We must take responsibility 
for dead soldiers in Iraq 

I recently saw a short segment on Fox News called "Fox & Friends" in 
which two commentators referred to the Iraq death toll reaching 2000 as 
a "sad milestone." They argued that, hey, in comparison to World War I 
and World War II, each of which chalked up hundreds of thousands of 
dead, Iraq was a walk in the park. Two thousand deaths? Hell, there are 
more plastic forks in a Sam's Club package! 

This kind of nonsensical garbage infuriates me. How dare the cable 
channel that so actively supported the war cowardly dismiss the deaths of 
2000 people as a "sad milestone?" If the men and women who write for 
Fox News had any sense of honor or dignity for the dead they would have 
acknowledged the dead and paid them due respect. Instead, in an effort 
to mask the fiasco that they call the "liberation of Iraq," they thought it 
more prudent to quietly mark the passing of 2000 American men and 

women. ., .. .. 

' Perhaps the reason that the media does not give the war the 1 attention 
and recognition it deserves is that the American public feels guilty. When 
Bush first proposed the possibility of a preemptive war in 2002, there was 
a significant proportion of the population that believed him when he said 
that Saddam was a threat and held weapons of mass destruction. I am 
more than certain that many readers of this column backed Bush during 
his initial push for war. 

It was at this juncture that America went wrong; instead of focusing on 

Afghanistan and rooting out the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, we made an 
unnecessarily costly move (in both economic and diplomatic capital) by 
invading a country without provocation or unilateral support. We had 
taken Afghanistan and were in the process of pacifying that country when 
Bush called for the invasion of Iraq. In the aftermath of September 11, 
while tensions and tempers were running high, the president lied (know- 
ingly or unknowingly, beside the point) and we listened. When the rest of 
the world objected, we stuck behind our leader, for better or for worse, 
and it unfortunately turned out for the worse. 

Now, it seems, the American public is in transition; after realizing how 
big a mistake this whole endeavor was, we are beginning to take some 
form of responsibility for this fiasco. We will learn the same lesson we 
learned in Vietnam: we cannot unquestioningly follow our leaders. But 
unlike Vietnam, which started and escalated with little fanfare, the lead- 
up and beginning of the war in Iraq were quite public and called on the 
American populace for support. 

So now we are stuck firmly in denial; rather than acknowledge the ris- 
ing death toll, we turn and look away. Most Americans, but conservatives 
especially, do not want to think about the rising death toll in a war they 
know they supported. So instead we watch news reporters "risk" their 
lives to tell us how bad the weather is in the middle of a hurricane (any- 
body who it mattered to will tell you that hurricane coverage is extreme- 
ly pointless when you have no electricity since the wind and rain have lev- 
eled your neighborhood) or cover Britney Spear's pregnancy. 

The only good thing that will come out of this is that America is going 
to have to begin a period of self-inspection and reflection (perhaps we are 
seeing the beginning of this in the string of investigations and indictments 
of Bush officials and political supporters). We will mourn our losses and 
grieve for those who are gone. 

I feel we must examine ourselves to find out what it was about 
American society that let us be exploited by our president so readily into 
supporting war, one of the rppst atrocious acts known to mankind. The 
question and answer will' be'' painful'' because we witf recall collective 
memories in an introspective light, a process that will expose some of our 
deepest faults. 

I remember President Bush butchering an old adage I adore, "fool me 
once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me." The American public 
has been fooled once in Southeast Asia, now twice in Iraq. So I close with 
some words from Pete Townshend, "I get on my knees and pray / we don't 
get fooled again." 

We must mend our ways 
with God in this world 

Isreal Scott 


Walking across campus one day, I heard a student say, "Just because 
this is a liberal arts school does not mean you can act a fool." That was 
honestly one of the simplest yet most profound sentences that I have 
heard during my college career; it can be applied to so many areas in 
life. I choose to relate it to the way students at Millsaps and colleges and 
universities across the country call themselves Christians but continue to 
"act a fool" in front and behind closed doors. 

This apathetic attitude towards the faith by wolves in sheep's clothing 

makes it even harder for the true saints to win over the sinners who do 
want to be made brand new. For many students, college is exposure to 
either a new urban or rural experience away from home. In a new envi- 
ronment, no one knows that certain students were junior deacons, ush- 
ers, or praise and worship leaders. This new stage in life allows these 
once saved folk to lay down their religion and get a true taste of secular 

People, this should not be the case. I cannot think of a better biblical 
verse than when Jesus says in Matthew, chapter fifteen, verse eight: 
"The people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me 
with their lips; but their heart is far from me." 

The writing is on the prophetic wall. Jesus said that in the last days 
there shall be wars and rumors of wars, pestilence in the land and we 
will not know the seasons apart. I am not in school to be an aeronauti- 
cal engineer but I do watch the news. There is constant unrest in the 
Middle East, the "bird flu epidemic is expected to claim thousands of 
lives worldwide," and the hurricanes never seem to cease. 

Despite blatantly obvious signs of the times, many students at 
Millsaps and elsewhere insist on rolling the dice as to when they are 
going to get right with God. The Christian faith is based on whosoever 
will. Whosoever will stop getting drunk every night? Whosoever will 
stop lustfully dancing in clubs until 4 a.m. and getting up for church at 
8 a.m.? Whosoever will stop cursing, down talking people and commit- 
ting immoral sexual acts; let them come and work in God's army. 

The time is now! Not yesterday, not in 30 minutes, present yourself as 
a living sacrifice right now and see if God will not change your life and 
the lives around you. 


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An issue of energy: conservation is key 

Miriam Gray 

Staff Writer 

The conservation of energy at 
Millsaps is now an issue stressed 
more than ever by the school's 
maintenance department and 
E.A.R.T.H. This is partly due to 
concerns about students' lack 
of awareness in regards to the 
importance of conserving energy. 

David Wilkinson of the 
maintenance department cites 
air conditioning, lights and gas 
as the department's biggest cost. 
"Millsaps' energy bill is just about 
$800,000 every year," asserts 
Wilkinson. "There is a lot more to 
it than people actually see. " 

In the Academic Complex 
alone there are about 1,000 lights. 
In an effort to conserve energy, 
maintenance de-lamped four light 
fixtures for every one light fixture. 
Wilkinson explains, "We basically 
went from using 60-watt light 
bulbs to PL 13 bulbs." A PL 13 bulb 
uses less energy and saves more 

Simply turning the lights off 
when not in use is another money 
saver. "Over $7,000 have been 
saved by going-through and turning 
off lights in buildings that are not 
being used," says Wilkinson. "We 
want to keep students and faculty 
comfortable, but we also have to 
save energy." 

These two tasks are made 
possible by the school's Energy 
Management System. This system 
is a computerized database that 
gives the temperature of each room 
in all of the school's buildings. The 
Energy Management System also 
allows for maintenance to control 
lighting in buildings with more 
simplicity. For example, if a certain 
organization wanted to use room 
204 in Murrah Hall, they would 
first have to inform maintenance 
of the room number and the time 
they want to use the room. Next, 
maintenance would use the Energy 

Management System to make note 
of the temperature in the room in 
regards to the length of time the 
room is being used for. Therefore, 
air conditioning and lights would 
not be on without being used. 

"Although I haven't put much 
thought into conservation, I 
naturally turn the lights out when I 
leave my room. E.A.R.T.H. signs in 
the bathroom are always reminding 
me to turn the water off while 

a big difference." 

Another member of E.A.R.T.H. 
adds, "There are renewable sources 
of energy. The use of Energy Star 
light bulbs in dorm rooms and 
offices with lamps is a good source," 

Photo by Jason Jarin 

While the New South Atrium remains well lit for most of the day, most of the buildings on campus, 
including residential halls and the Academic Complex, have been using more energy-efficient light 
fixtures in an effort to cut energy costs. 

Many students are not aware 
of maintenance's effort to 
conserve energy. However, for 
some on campus, conservation 
of energy has become a concern 
by happenstance, and for others, 
something personal. 

"I usually think about it when 
I'm brushing my teeth," says junior 
Reade Alpaugh. "Also, there will be 
times when I want to drive because 
it is hot or cold, but I don't. Instead, 
I try to ride my bike as much as 
possible. Less exhaustion from the 
car is better for the environment." 

Freshman Mary Scott says, 

brushing my teeth and washing 
my face. I guess if more people did 
those two things a lot of energy 
would be saved." 

Last Wednesday E.A.R.T.H. 
held its second meeting of the 
school year. Energy was one of 
the main issues addressed at the 
meeting. E.A.R.T.H President 
Briana Travelbee explains, "We just 
want people to realize that every 
little bit counts, like the usage of 
automobiles and lights. If people 
would just walk around campus 
when traveling small distances 
instead of driving that would make 

says junior Hanna McKnight. 

According to www.energystar. 
gov, Energy Star-qualified compact 
fluorescent light bulbs (CFL s) 
provide the same amount of light 
(lumens) as standard incandescent 
bulbs but have lower wattage 
ratings. Energy Star-qualified CFLs 
use 66 % less energy than a standard 
incandescent bulb and last up to 10 
times longer. Replacing a 100-watt 
incandescent with a 32-watt can 
save at least $30 in energy costs 
over the-life' of the bulb? "« 

Geology professor Dr. Stan 
Galicki shares the concern of 


Some players speculated on the 
reasons behind the bad behavior 
and offered possible solutions to 
the problem. 

"The longer the game goes on 
the more bored fans get. Fans 
need to be entertained by mascots 
or dance teams," explains senior 
soccer player Brent Blackburn. "I 
like how the Major Impressions 
performed at our last game. " 

Blackburn also believes that 
players could try to set positive 
examples for fans by not enticing 
or responding to fan remarks. 

"Officials should be left out of 
it; when fans say bad things to 
officials it hurts the team. Also, 
anytime alcohol is involved, those 
people should be monitored," says 

Some athletes are not that 
bothered by the unpredictable 
behavior of fans. 

"The drunker the better," 
laughs sophomore soccer player 
Oghale Ighoavodha. "I just hate 
when things get personal, like 
with Center College. Their soccer 
team and soccer fans were out of 


Bad fan behavior can sometimes 
affect how the opposing players 
treat each other. Millsaps' women's 
soccer team can no longer play 
Jackson State University because 
of threats made against some of 
the Millsaps players. "They made 
an awful threat towards the whole 
team. It was just terrible," says 

Blackburn explains that, 
although the soccer teams have 
experienced unruly fans, not all 
of their encounters have been 


Blackburn states, "Trinity, one 
of our opposing teams, is a perfect 
example of good fan behavior. 
They are so positive because they 
are ridiculously good. It seems like 
most losing teams are the ones 
with negative fans. We've haven't 
had much of a good season, but 
are still remaining positive along 
with our fans. That's the way it 
should be. Overall, I think our 
Millsaps fans are awesome!" 

Security RepoEHSP 

Oct. 19 Theft-Petty Larceny 

At approximately 3:33 p.m., a junior came 
by Campus Safety to report that his wallet 
had been stolen. He stated that on Oct. 18 
at approximately 2:15 p.m., he arrived at 
the HAC for work and went to the locker 
room to change into his work out clothes. 
He also stated that he left his clothes out 
on a bench in the locker room, not in a 
locker. When he returned at approximately 
6:45 p.m., he discovered that his wallet 
was missing. When he called to report 
the theft at the various credit/debit card 
locations, he learned the cards had already 
been used. A report was filed with JPD. 

Oct. 27 Student Rules Infraction 

At approximately 5:12 a.m., an officer was 
dispatched to a residence hall to investigate 
an unwelcome guest. Upon arrival he 
discovered a freshman lying, face down, 
on the floor clad only in his underwear. 
The officer escorted him back to his room 
and issued a Student Citation for Public 

Oct. 28 Alcohol Infraction 

At approximately 4 p.m., an RA reported 

an alcohol infraction in a residence hall. 
While performing a health and safety, 
she had found alcohol. One of the room's 
residents was present during the inspection. 
The alcohol was confiscated and brought 
to the Campus Safety Office. A student 
conduct citation was issued for possession 
of alcohol in the residence hall. 

Oct. 30 Student Rules/ Alcohol 

At approximately 2:38 a.m., officers 
received a call from dispatch stating that 
students were disturbing the people in 
the neighborhood. Upon arrival to one of 
the fraternity houses, the officers heard 
extremely loud music. The music was 
turned off and the officers left. 

As the officers walked around the building, 
they could hear loud profane singing 
coming from a nearby fraternity house. 
Alcohol violations were written, and they 
were told to turn off the music and stop 

Oct. 30 Student Rules/ Alcohol 

At approximately 2:58 a.m., while officers 
talked with members of a fraternity house 

about a noise complaint, a freshman began 
making profane disrespectful statements. 
An officer approached her and asked for 
her ID, and she stated that she did not 
have one. He told her that if she could not 
show proof that she was a student, she 
would be escorted off campus because 
of her behavior. She finally produced her 
ID and was instructed to go back to her 
hall. She continued to use profanity and 
obscene gestures towards the officers. 
Three student citations were issued. 

Oct. 30 Unsafe Driving Practice 

At approximately 9 p.m., the gate officer 
raised the entrance gate to allow a vehicle 
on campus. A car behind the vehicle 
accelerated to pass under the gate arm 
before it descended to the full lower 
position. The gate arm struck the top of the 
vehicle, and the vehicle proceeded up the 
hill. The gate officer observed it entering a 
parking area and dispatched a patrol officer 
to locate the vehicle. The car was located 
parked in a Resident Director space. The 
patrol officer could see no damage to the 
vehicle. A traffic citation was issued for 
"Unsafe Driving Practice." 

energy along with maintenance 
and E.A.R.T.H., and presents a 
simple solution. "At the end of 
the day if people would turn off 
lights when they are not in class 
rooms we would see the difference. 
Students should be made aware 
of this, because they don't see the 
actual bill," says Galicki. 

It seems that in order to conserve 
energy administration, faculty, staff 
and students will all have to make 
an effort. Wilkinson reiterates, "In 
order to effectively save energy 
and money we all have to work 

going on? 

Sister Helen Prejean 

Frid., Nov. 4, 2 p.m. 
AC 215-Talk and book 

Author of "Dead Man 
Walking" will discuss her 
experience with death 
row inmates and murder 
victims' families 

Showing of "Dead Man 

Thurs., Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m. 
AC 215 

Millsaps Forum 

Nov. 4 
Greg Miller 
12:30 p.m. 
AC 215 

Greg Miller, a member of 
the English department, 
is the author ^tif 'two'^' 
books of poetry, "Iron 
Wheel" and "Rib Cage," 
both published by the 
University of Chicago 
Press. He will be 
reading from two new 
manuscripts, "Sudan 
Mississippi" and "Ursula's 
Eye," and will be talking 
about his Camargo 
Foundation sabbatical in 
Cassis, France. 

Jambalaya Cook-off 

Nov. 4 

4 p.m. in the Bowl 
Sponsored by SBA. 

Millsaps College Sixth 
Annual Homecoming 5K 

Sat., Nov. 5 
8 a.m. 

For more information 
contact Cindy Strine. 

Photography Exhibition 
Sun., Nov. 6 
1-3 p.m. 

The Faith and Work 
Initiative as well as the Lilly 
Foundation, in conjunction 
with the Jewish Film 
Festival will host an opening 
reception for a photography 
exhibition in the Lewis Art 

Millsaps Katrina Relief Art 

The Millsaps Art Club 
is inviting all students to 
submit any artwork to be 
auctioned off on December 
9 at the Katrina Relief Art 
Auction to be held at the 
Lewis Art Gallery. Interested 
students can pick up entry 
forms available at the Art 
Lounge at the third floor 
of the Academic Complex. 
All proceeds go to the Red 
Cross Katrina Relief Fund. 

PAGE 4 • THURSDAY. November 3. 2005 'THE P&W 



Millsaps dating scene: fact or fiction? 

Kyle Doherty 

Features Editor 

Dating at Millsaps can often 
be a tricky proposition. Its small 
campus lends itself to gossip, 
cliques and their accompanying 
rumors and espionage. This 
scrutiny, along with many other 
factors, can make relationships 
hard to start and harder to 

Freshman Rashad Brown is 
frustrated with the lack of action 
he's received since enrolling. "Let's 
put it this way: I'll be qualified for 
the priesthood by the time I'm 
done here," he laments. 

Whether this is true or not, 
there are many aspects of campus 
life that make it difficult. It's the 
notorious "rumor mill" that irks 
sophomore John Childs. "It's 
very hard to keep your business 
to yourself because everybody's 
nosy and they don't have lives of 
their own," he complains. 

Some even claim that the quality 
of potential dates at Millsaps is 

"I've seen more fine girls at an 
all boys Catholic school," observes 
freshman Andres Wallace. 
, Sophomore Kate Klobucar 
makes a similar observation 
regarding the quality of male 
specimens. "The boys aren't so 
cute, themselves," she retorts. 

"Finding a good date at Millsaps 
is about as easy as finding a 
parking spot," junior Jenny Blount 
attests. Indeed, the lack of parking 
itself can lead to the potentially 

Photo by Wendy Brady 

Mission possible: Freshman Rebecca Behrends and senior Trey Fleet prove that dating in the Millsaps 
campus not only is a possibility for a few but is indeed a reality to many. 

awkward situation of returning 
from a date only to drive around 
campus for extended periods of 
time looking for a decent spot. „ 

Along with ampler parking 
space, some students like Blount 
find that dating options are better 
on the outside. 

"To me it's easier to date off- 
campus people than on-campus," 
Blount explains. "I like not having 
to deal with the problems that 
come from dating inexperienced 


The contradictory goals of 
young men and women are often 
the root of problems in the dating 

"18-21 -year-olds don't want 
girlfriends," says Becca Hedges, 
a junior. "They just want random 

This is in stark contrast to 
the traditionalist goals of many 
college students, namely finding 
a spouse. "There are a lot of girls 

that come [to college] to meet 
their husbands," Hedges tells. 

This, however, may be more 
of an issue at Some larger schools 
rather than Millsaps, With its high 
degree of scholastic motivation 
and professionalism among the 
student body. 

"There are whole sororities full 
of [husband-seeking] girls like 
that at the state schools," junior 
Carly Deweese adds. 

One aspect of Millsaps that is 

more pronounced than at some 
other schools is the prevalence of 
Greek life in the social scene. With 
half the student body involved in 
some sort of Greek organization, 
it's hard to avoid it. 

The close-knit friendships 
found in fraternities and sororities 
could lead to clashes and awkward 
times. "There can be conflicts in 
organizations over a girl or a boy 
sometimes," says Deweese. 

"I think it's more about the 
particular groups of friends than 
the whole organization," Blount 

Despite all these pitfalls, there 
are relationships that grow and 
flourish. Junior Penny Bailey, for 
instance, has been dating fellow 
junior Allen Odom since their 
freshman year. Bailey enjoys 
having an on-campus boyfriend 
and isn't bothered by the small 
school setting. 

"We still have our individual 
lives," tells Bailey, "but I don't 
have to drive off-campus to be 
with my boyfriend." 

Even the dreaded gossip 
gooses don't put a damper on 
Bailey and Odom's relationship. 
"Everyone knows we date, but we 
tend to keep our personal lives to 
ourselves," Bailey says. 

Couples like Bailey and Odom 
serve as proof that even under 
difficult, Millsapian circumstances, 
dating is a viable practice for 
college students. With patience 
and perseverance, rumors and 
cliques can be triumphed over and 
a relationship can prevail. 

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Health Series: Ways 
to beat dating blues 

Allan Eyrich 

Staff Writer 

Compiled by Chris Awaad 

Staff Writer 







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Laura Rodriguez, Freshman 

"Anything except the 

no-no Cha-Cha." 

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Hugh Hartzog, Freshman 

Jdng out — 

Cedic Lawrence 

"Going on a date — 
out to eat or to the 

Hannah McKnight, Junior 

"If you say hooking up, it's open to 


For college students, dating can 
be a fun activity, full of fun and 
good times. When those good times 
run out, however, a relationship 
can become downright heart- 
breaking. Even so, it's possible 
to stave off those broken hearts 
and keep a happy, healthy mind 
by finding a little help from your 
friends and counselors. 

The sudden change in 
environment as freshmen enter 
college can be a factor in students 
choosing poorly and subjecting 
themselves to problems. They 
find themselves free at last from 
parental supervision and go wild. 

"People are a little promiscuous 
in college," explains Coordinator 
of Leadership Development and 
Wellness Ellen Trappey. "They 
think, 'I'm young. This is my 
chance to experiment and play the 

However, as many college 
students have found out, dating 
on a whim can have serious 

One factor that creates dating 
problems at Millsaps is its small 
campus. "Relationships can be 
pretty fleeting because you see 
each other so much," observes 
senior Anna Marsh. "It kind of 
drains the passion out of dating." 

Strain can be put on friendships. 
"My buddy's girlfriend was causing 
all this drama at the beginning of 
the year," says one anonymous 
male freshman. "It affected him, 
and it affected us because we 
were his friends. It created a lot of 
stress that you should not have to 
deal with." 

Sometimes, situations occur 
where one or both partners remain 
severely scarred due to abuse. "A 
lot of times what will happen is 
one partner in the relationship, 
either the male or the female, will 
find some way to try to control 
the other partner," notes Trappey. 
"That can to lead to a number 
of things that are not necessarily 
physical violence but a lot of times 
there is a lot of emotional abuse 
that goes on." 

Fortunately, services are 
available on campus to assist those 
struggling with date-related stress. 
"I'm always available for people 
who are having relationship 
problems," offers Director of 
Counseling and Wellness Services 
Janis Booth. "It really helps them 
to get their feelings out and talk 
about what is bothering them. 
From that point, we try to get 
them to engage in activities that 
will help them recover. " 

Dating problems can be 
largely avoided through effective 
communication and being patient 
when problems do arise. 

"It just depends on how 
well you choose," says Booth. 
"Some people have a tendency 
to choose people who turn out to 
be destructive ":h :1 e o+hers L^ow 
right away when they have found 
the one. " 

Despite all the risks involved 
in dating, one should not be 
discouraged from forming 
attachments on campus. 

"Being an alumna, I have seen 
a few cases where people who 
dated at Millsaps got married and 
remain together to this day," says 


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Gay dating at Millsaps: Fact or fiction? 

Candice Fisher 

Staff Writer 

Dating in college is tough. It's 
hard to find someone who shares 
your morals, beliefs, interests, 
goals; the list goes on and on. 
Sexual orientation makes no 
difference when it comes to this 
awkward dating scene. Contrary 
to popular belief, homosexual 
dating is not very different 
from heterosexual dating. 
"Homosexuals try to meet people 
to date just like heterosexuals 
do," senior Matt Vieron clarifies. 
"They go to the same kinds of 
places when going out." 

Millsaps provides an open- 
minded atmosphere where 
homosexuality is not taboo. The 
Friends and Family Pride Coalition 
is a group of people, both gay and 
straight, that meets once a week 
in a safe social environment to 
talk about issues of homosexual 
dating and awareness. Counselors 
and the chaplain on campus are 
there to talk in a non-judgmental 
atmosphere. Yet, even a tolerant 
campus atmosphere doesn't 
make dating for homosexuals any 


A lack of places in town 
for gay singles to congregate 
makes meeting people tough. 
"Unfortunately, since there are 
virtually no homosexual places to 
go to, this often leads people into 
situations that they should not get 
involved in because they want to 
meet someone," Vieron laments. 
Since there are fewer homosexuals 
on campus than heterosexuals, 
this limits the chances of meeting 

"Some people aren't very 
open about it, so this makes it 
harder," Vieron explains. "People 
are afraid of what others think. 
Someone once told me, 'Those 
that mind don't matter, and those 
that matter don't mind.'" 

Another aspect of gay 
relationships that differs from the 
straight community is the lack of a 
legally-acknowledged, permanent 
connection. Gay marriage is a 
divisive issue in today's society. 
People have very different 
opinions about this issue. 

"Of course I am for gay 
marriage," asserts junior Rachael 
Ferguson-Brown. "I believe my 

partner and I deserve the same 
rights that a straight couple has. 
Gay marriage being illegal enforces 
the belief that homosexuality 
is wrong. How can we expect 
people to see a gay relationship 
the same way they see a straight 
relationship when the government 
says they're different?" 

"I don't think it matters how 
I personally feel on the issue; I 
just believe that everyone has the 
right to choose for themselves," 
says sophomore Petra Vackova, a 
member of the Friends and Family 
Pride Coalition. 

The issue isn't as black and 
white as some might think, though. 
"Contrary to popular belief, a lot 
of homosexuals actually do not 
support gay marriage," Vieron 
divulges. "Civil unions are ideal 
since partners would be granted 
the same legal rights as married 
couples, but marriage is often 
considered a heterosexual term 
describing a man and a woman." 

Despite what some may think, 
homosexuals and heterosexuals 
are not that different when it 
comes to dating. Everyone just 
wants to meet someone they can 

Photo by Andy Kutcher 
I want to hold your hand: While gay and straight people do not 
differ much in the dating scene, a place as tolerant as Millsaps 
still prove complicated for gay people who want to meet and date 
people on campus. 

spend time and have fun with. 
More information on gay rights 
and issues can be found from the 
Human Rights Campaign or the 
ACLU. In addition, Friends and 

Family Pride Coalition meets on a 
weekly basis and is a good place 
to discuss homosexual issues in a 
safe, open environment. 

Marriage: Millsapians share their vows, lives 


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Eric Sumrall 

Staff Writer 



Photo by Kyle Doherty 
Happily ever after: The recent nuptials of alums Jared and Daria 
Lorio prove there is, indeed, hope for marriage for those who live 
within the walls of the campus. 

College can be one of the most 
exciting experiences of a person's 
life, and some students (and 
professors) have chosen to share 
their experience and link their lives 
with someone else during their 
tenure at Millsaps. The P&W sits 
down with a few of these married 
or soon-to-be-married folks to 
ask them what matrimony is all 

What does it take to make a 
marriage work? 

"Communication. I know, it 
seems like the most overstated 
thing because everybody says 
that." -Trey Rick, engaged senior 

"You have to spend time 
together, and you have to spend 
time away from each other. You 
need balance. Honesty is really 
important as well." -Ashley 
Runnels, engaged sophomore 

"It seems to me that a 
marriage basically lives from the 
bond between two people, and 
everything grows out of that. I do 
think instances of reflection can 
occur and accommodations made 
to support the marriage." -Dr. 
Steve Smith 

What does marriage mean to 

"Marriage is kind of a legal 
finalization of what's already there. 
I don't think it adds anything that 

wasn't already there. I [also] think 
you should only get married once. 
I believe you should find the right 
person the first time." -TR 

"You are joining your life with 
someone else, and you change a 
little bit as a person. You are no 
longer a single person. You are a 
team." -AR 

How does marriage compare 
to being single? 

"I don't remember what it 
is like being single. There is a 
lot more time to focus on your 
hobbies. "-TR 

"I iff a 'Tot' happier than when 
I was single. It's a good feeling 
to always have someone on your 
side to back you up." -AR 

How did you meet you fiance/ 

"We met on a cruise ship as a 
part of a singing group." -TR 

"We met three different times 
through three different friends. We 
became friends before we started 
dating. You could say it was like 
fate because we kept meeting each 
other over and over again. " -AR 

Dr. Elise Smith, chair of the art 
department, and Dr. Steve Smith, 
chair of the religious studies 
department and a member of 
the philosophy department, have 
known each other for most of 
their lives. 

The Dr. Smiths met in Spanish 
class when they were at Leon High 
School together in Tallahassee, 

Fla. They will have been married 
32 years in December. They have 
two children. 

"It is important to have regular 
moments of renewing your interest 
in what is in your spouse's best 
interest," Dr. Steve Smith advises. 
"There are decisions that can be 
made such as where to live and 
what job to have that can make 
these connections easier or more 
difficult to maintain. Every couple 
is different, but I would warn 
couples not to settle into separate 

The Smiths, far from tiring of 
working at the same institution, 
regard their workplace proximity 
as rare good luck. Dr. Elise Smith 
explains, "It is really hard for 
professors to get jobs at the same 
college. Usually one person finds 
a job and their spouse must move 
with them and either search for a 
job teaching or change professions. 
Another good aspect [of working 
at the same college] is the 
commonality of our experience. 
We never run out of things to 
discuss together. " 

She goes on to say, "Students 
can see us as role models... Female 
students in particular get to see a 
woman who has a professional 
life and a marriage." 

True love waits, for some 

Jonathan Giurintano 

Staff Writer 

The focus of an array of 
blockbuster movies, primetime 
television shows and Billboard 
Top 40 songs, sex has steadily 
permeated American popular 
culture in recent years. A Google 
search of the word "sex" returns 
approximately 215 million results, 
dwarfing the 67 million results for 
"Jesus. " Though sexual references 
are virtually inescapable in 
American pop culture, the 
prevalence of abstinence, restraint 
from vaginal, oral and anal sex, 
has returned among America's 

According to a recent study by 
the Centers for Disease Control 
and Prevention, more than half 
of high school students have not 
participated in sexual intercourse, 
and the number of adolescents 
saving their virginity until 
marriage is steadily increasing. As 
15 million Americans are infected 
with a sexually transmitted disease 
each year, adults are choosing to 
abstain from sexual relations as 
well, for abstinence remains the 
only guarantee against the spread 
of venereal disease. 

However, does abstinence exist 

on the college campus? "Before 
coming to Millsaps, I thought sex 
was very popular on the college 
campus," says freshman Russ 

With popular websites such 
as glorifying 
sexual promiscuity and portraying 
college as a four-year party, the 
presence of abstinence on campus 
seems improbable. 

Conversely, many college 
students advocate abstention from 
sexual relations until marriage. 
Religious / conviction leads 
sophomores Beth Ann Baker and 
John Russell McPherson to avoid 
sexual encounters. 

"I'm Greek Orthodox Christian 
and I believe it is morally wrong to 
have sex before marriage, " asserts 
Baker. "Yeah, college is supposed 
to be fun, but at the same time 
you still have to be a responsible 
human being. There will be 
repercussions at some point." 
McPherson is obligated by God to 
retain his virginity. "I choose to be 
abstinent because God has called 
me to remain pure until marriage," 
he explains. 

While religion is a heavy 
influence, there are many factors 
affecting a student's decision to 
remain abstinent. Freshman Chad 

Bowen is opposed to premarital 
sex because of the associated 
health risks. 

"Sexually transmitted diseases 
and the possibility of impregnating 
a girl really scare me," says Bowen. 
"I also want my wedding night to 
be the greatest experience of my 

The emotional consequences 
discourage sophomore Mary 

"There's so much emotional 
scarring that can occur, especially 
if you are not in a relationship," 
Deaton explains. "I feel you must 
truly love a person before engaging 
in sexual intercourse; if you don't 
love your partner, there's really no 
reason in having sex." 

Finally, the test for sexually 
transmitted diseases, a particularly 
painful procedure, is enough 
motivation for many college males 
to abstain from sexual relations. 
While the reasons for abstaining 
from sexual activity are as diverse 
as the student body, abstinence 
maintains a strong presence 
inside the gates of the Millsaps 
campus, despite popular culture's 
suggestion that sex is part of the 
college experience. 





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The Life 

Cups offers scene for Millsaps students to relax, study 

Ace Madjelsi 

Staff Writer 

Millsaps students are not 
strangers to sleepless nights spent 
cramming for a test or trying to 
get another page written for a 

For students looking for a 
study place other than the library 
that also serves caffeine in three 
different sizes, Cups is the place 
to go. 

Located on Old Canton Road, 
right next to Rainbow grocery 
store in the Fondren District, Cups 
is a coffee shop turned meeting 
place for people of all ages and 
walks of life. 

"It's a coffee shop. But it's 
so much more. On any given 
night, you could meet a doctor, 
a homeless man, a musician, a 
gay person, a straight person or 
anyone in between," says Matt 
Vieron, a senior, who claims, "I 
am a Cups god. I practically lived 
there this summer. " 

Vieron is not the only Millsaps 
student who finds Cups a social 
scene worth visiting. "I've only 
been at Millsaps a few months, but 
I already love hanging out with 

my friends at Cups. Their outside 
patios provide the perfect place 
for great conversations," says 
freshman Aimee Catalanotto. 

Lacey McMillin, a junior 
commuter student, says, with gas 
prices skyrocketing, she frequents 
Cups because "it's close to my 
house and my school and the 
staff is amazing. They're very fast 
and efficient." 

T.J. Walker, a sophomore, has 
been working at Cups for the last 
year. "You'll see some strange 
people here, but I love it. It is a 
great job and a great atmosphere. 
I feel like I am part of a family 
here at Cups," says Walker. 

Even Millsaps professors enjoy 
the inviting mood of Cups. 

Assistant professor of English, 
Dr. Laura Franey, has even used 
the spot as a tourist attraction. 
"When we have visitors, Cups is 
a really good place to take them. 
It gives them a taste of the art 
scene, the Fondren district and 
the whole Millsaps community in 
general," says Franey. 

Besides being a place to hang 
out and sit at painted tables, 
Cups is also a coffee shop, 
offering a wide variety of coffee 

combinations and desserts. 
While their most popular drinks 
are "blondies" and "turtles," - au 
laits with caramel and chocolate 
added - those customers not 
looking for caffeine could go with 
a decaf espresso, a fruit smoothie 
or even a spritzer. 

Cups also serves food, mainly 
pastry items such as brownies, 
cookies, bagels and muffins. 
Their sweet treats usually fall in 
the $2 - $4 range. 

Betsy Paulk, a junior, is a fan 
of Cups. "I've been going there 
since I was a freshman and I 
always get the same thing: a 
turtle coffee with skim milk and 
extra whipped cream. " 

Paulk recommends Cups as 
a study spot for exam week. 
"It's very student-friendly. Even 
though it can get loud, people 
will leave you alone if you're 
busy and you can get a lot of stuff 
done," she says. 

The "student-friendly" attitude 
of Cups even extends to its menu. 
While most of their items are 
typical of a trendy coffee shop, 
Cups offers student coffees - one 
or two brews sell for only $1. 

Photo by Courtney Truax 
Coffee or tea: Sophomores Jacqueline Coale and Beth Ann Baker 
get crazy for coffee at the Cups along Old Canton, the premiere cof- 
fee hotspot for the Jackson college folk. 

Spend the day with Ellen Trappey 

Carter White 

Staff miter 

Perhaps you frequently see 
her around campus or read her e- 
mails about the weekly newsletter. 
Maybe you've seen her name on 
posters about campus leadership. 
For some, her job title remains a 
mystery. Who is Ellen Trappey? 

Trappey is officially known 
as the coordinator of leadership 
development and wellness 
education. This title does not 
really shed light on everything 
she does, however. "The things I 
do for my job are different every 
day," Trappey says. 

Trappey starts her day early. 
"My alarm goes off at 6 a.m.," she 
admits, "but I don't get up until 
7 a.m." She then spends an hour 
running before getting ready for 

"I usually get into the office 
around 9 a.m. and then I spend a 
lot of time doing e-mails before I 
eat breakfast." 

After e-mails, Trappey's day 
could consist of just about 
anything. "A lot of what I do 
during the day depends on what 
I get via e-mail in the morning," 
she says. 

She spends a lot of time with 
programming and counseling, 
among other things. "When I 
have a spare moment, I work 

on leadership programs," she 

Trappey says she enjoys her role 
as a sort of unofficial counselor. 
"I like to call it student support," 

she says. Many students wander 
into her office for any piece of 
advice she can give throughout 
the week. 

She also works to help with 

campus organizations. "Student 
organizations and recognition are 
a large part of what I like to do," 
she expresses. 

Included in Trappey's activities 

Photo by Jason Jarin 

Who's the girl?: Ellen Trappey is the Coordinator of Leadership Development and Wellness Education, work- 
ing with campus organizations and immersing herself with many facets of student life. 

are alcohol education programs 
to help students make the right 
choices. She is now in charge 
of alcohol violations and hopes 
to improve alcohol education at 
Millsaps. "Recently, the 
department of education 
held a meeting on alcohol 
education with the aim of 
improving our approach," 

Ii she notes. 
At noon, Trappey has 
lunch with Brooks Brower 
| and Georgianna Martin. 
"We try to sit by the 
fountain when it's warm 
enough," she says. "We 
also take a Diet Coke 
break around 10:30 a.m. 
and another one at 3 
p.m.," she notes. 

Outside of the office, 
Trappey has an active 
schedule as well. For 
example, on Monday 
afternoons she leads a 
Weight Watchers group. 

Besides contributing 
to Millsaps and the 
community, Trappey is 
able to take a little bit of 
time for herself. 

"I like to try and go out 
to eat with friends when I 
have time," she admits. "I 
also spend a lot of time on 
Myspace catching up with 


•Fondren ARTmix f/ food, 
art and music in the 
Historic Fondren District 

•Silent Auction @ Rainbow 
Natural Grocery during the 
ARTmix, 5 - 8 p.m. 

Friday 11/4 

•Belly Dancing @ Aladdin's 

Grill, 7 - 9 p.m. 
•Groove Movement @ 

S antiago ' s, 10 p.m. 

Saturday 11/5 

•Belhaven College presents, 
"Twelfth Night," 7:30 p.m. 
in Flexible Theater, $10, 
students, children and 
seniors $5 
•Houserockers @ 

Schimmel's 10 p.m. - 2 
I a.m., $5 

Sunday 11/6 

•Open-Mic Poetry @ 
Santiago's, 9 - 11:30 p.m. 

•Mike and Marty Open Jam 
Session @ Warehouse, 
5 - 9 p.m. 

Monday 11/7 

•Crossroads Film Society 
presents "The Edukators" 
@ Parkway Place Cinema, 
7:30 p.m., $7 for non- 
members, $5 for members 

•Karaoke @ Fenian's, 7 p.m. 

Tuesday 11/8 

•Jackson Choral Soceity 
presents Franz Josef 
Haydn's "Mass in Time of 
War" with members of the 
Miss. Symphony Orchestra 
@ St. Andrew's Episcopal 
Cathedral, $10, $5 students 

. and seniors 

Wednesday 11/9 

•Henry Rohades Mo 

Money Band @ Hamp's, 

free, 9 p.m. 
•Smoke Stake Lighting 

Band @ 930 Blues Cafe, 

8 p.m., $5 

Thursday 11/10 

•Jackston State University 
Drama Department 
presents "Bourbon at the 
Border," 7:30 p.m. in the 
McCoy Auditorium, $6, 
$4 for students 

•College Night @ The 

•High Frequency @ 
Executive Place, 9 p.m. 

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The Life 

'Dead Man' walks to 
Millsaps campus 

Chelsi West 

The Life Editor 

Imagine accompanying six 
death row inmates to executions, 
questioning their innocence as 
they take their last steps. Sister 
Helen Prejean does not have to 
imagine it - she has done it. 

A native of Louisiana, Sister 
Helen Prejean (pronounced PRAY- 
Zhahn) has devoted her life to the 
death penalty ministry, advocating 
opposition to it and the effects it 
has on families. 

"The death penalty gets deep 
into moral issues, it descends into 
a deep moral place," says Prejean. 
"[The penalty] says a lot about 
our culture. " 

At 18, Prejean joined the 
Sisters of St. Joseph of Medaille 
(pronounced may-dye) and began 
work in education, teaching junior 
high students in New Orleans. 

"I had great teachers in high 
school that were nuns and full 
of faith," she comments. "The 
sisterhood seemed appealing to 

But around the age of 40, 
Prejean realized that there was a 
connection between the poor and 

her Christian faith. 

"I used to think that things 
such as charitable activities and 
pious behavior were all that was 
required in my faith," she admits. 

She soon found, however, that 
there was more, and this is what 
led her to St. Thomas Housing 

At St. Thomas, Prejean began 
corresponding with a death row 

"If I had never entered the 
poor I would have never gotten 
involved with the death penalty," 
she says. "There, I began to see 
two Americas." 

These "two Americas" refer to 
the division that Prejean believes 
exists in the United States. 

"My friends and I used to talk 
about what college to go to and 
they [residents at St. Thomas] 
were talking about which prisons 
their family members were in," 
she remarks. 

It was during this time that 
Prejean began to take her stance 
against the death penalty, realizing 
that America, "basically upholds 
vengeance as a way to uphold 
justice, saying that the way to 
honor the death of a family's loved 
one is to slay another. " 

Since her time at St. Thomas (a 
predominately African-American 
facility), Prejean has written two 
books, "DeadMan Walking" (1993) 
and "The Death of Innocence" 
(2004), which focus on the death 
penalty and also the role that race 
plays in the execution of inmates. 

Prejean also founded the 
support group Survive, which 
provides counseling for grieving 

"That's where I really learned 
about race because 90 percent of 
them were black and the death 
penalty was not sought for any 
of their loved ones," she says.' 
"[They taught me] what courage 
and death really meant." 

Prejean, who has been 
nominated for the Nobel Peace 
Prize, will be coming to Millsaps 
tomorrow for a book signing and 
talk in the Ford Academic Complex, 
room 215 at 2 p.m. The event will 
be sponsored by Symposium. 
Prejean plans to share her story 
and experience as it relates to her 

"I'm going to take people on 
the journey that I went on," she 
says. "They will not be lectured at 
and not preached at. I want them 
to find deeper reflection." 

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Lady Majors soccer team looks for elusive win 

Ashley Wilbourn 

Sports Editor 

Oglethorpe University will likely 
face a more spirited Millsaps 
women's soccer team this weekend 
thanks to Rhodes College. 

The Lady Majors play host to 
Oglethorpe in the final game of the 
season at noon Sunday. 

The Lady Majors are coming off 
a 2-0 loss to Hendrix Collge and a 
morale-boosting 2-2 tie with 

"While we really have closed the 
gap on the conference this season, 
we need a win to get over the 
hump," said Lady Majors coach 
Paul Van Hooydonk. 

"A win would be a huge step for- 
ward for our program and a 
deserved reward for the hard work 
and effort our young ladies have 

Major Calendar 


-Millsaps College vs. Rhodes 

Nov. 05, 2 p.m. 

Men's Soccer: 

-Millsaps College vs. 
Oglethorpe University 
Nov. 06, 2 p.m. 

Women's Soccer: 

-Millsaps College vs. 

'glethorpe University 
Nov. 06, 12 p.m. 


-Millsaps College vs. DePauw 
University at Sewanee 
Nov. 04, 1 p.m. 

-Millsaps College at Sewanee 
Nov. 04, 7 p.m. 

-Millsaps College vs. Centre 
College at Sewanee 
Nov. 05, 12 p.m. 

-Millsaps College vs. Rose- 
Hulman IT at Sewanee 
Nov. 05, 4 p.m. 

-Millsaps College vs. 
Oglethorpe University at 
Nov. 06, 10 a.m. 

Last Week's Scores 


L - Sewanee, 19-16 (1-6, 0-4) 

Men's Soccer: 

L - Hendrix College, 1-0 
(6-9-1, 1-6) 

L - Rhodes College, 3-1 
(6-10-1, 1-7) 

Women's Soccer: 

L - Hendrix College, 2-0 
(2-10, 0-7) 

T - Rhodes College, 2-2 
(2-10-1, 0-7-1) 


L - Belhaven College, 3-2 
(12-4, 6-6) 

Men's Cross Country: 

Finish: Ninth in Men's 

"Two weeks of practice and a 
scrimmage this past weekend 
has given us an idea of what 
we need to work on. The 
enthusiasm and work ethic of 
the players is good. The lead- 
ership of our seniors has also 
been evident on court in their 
directing attention to the 
players in practice." 

-Coach Tim Wise, men's bas- 
ketball coach 

The Millsaps Majors men's 
basketball team is preparing 
for their 2005-2006 season. 
After heading the Midnight 
Madness basketball practice 
and the scrimmage last week- 
end, the Majors are looking 
forward to beginning their 
season on Nov. 19 at the 
University of Dallas. 

put in this year. " 

Millsaps took Rhodes to double 
overtime before settling for the tie. 

Hendrix came into Friday's game 
with a 5-9 record, 0-5 in the 
Southern Collegiate Athletic 

Van Hooydonk said prior to the 
game that the Warriors were com- 
parable to other teams. 

"Hendrix is in a similar situation 
as they have not won a conference 
game this year either. We both feel 
this is a great opportunity to pick 
up a victory," he said. 

The Lady Majors, 2-10-1 and 
0-7-1, dominated, particularly 
under the leadership of junior cap- 
tain Amanda Paschall and fresh- 
man emerging competitor Bobbi 

The two starters combined for 13 
of the team's 24 shots on goal. 
Paschall took eight shots and Jones 
took five. 

"These shot attempts were all 
opportunities which we didn't cap- 
italize on. We just didn't score," 
Paschall says. 

Despite all the shots, Millsaps 
was unable to score. Hendrix goalie 
Melissa Taylor was credited with 

The Hendrix offense was unable 
to perform as well against the 
Millsaps defense, only having 19 
shot attempts in the game. Millsaps 
freshman goalie Elizabeth Sooby 

Photo by Jason Jarin 

Freshman Bobbi Jones leads the Lady Majors in their attack against 
the Hendrix Warriors. Millsaps fell to Hendrix but were able to 
rebound later in the weekend, tying Rhodes 2-2. 

had nine saves. 

However, Hendrix was able to do 
what Millsaps was not - score. 

Kristin Andreen scored at the 7- 

minute, 52-second mark, and Robin 
Lowrimore scored at the 53:00 

Paschall remarks, "It was frus- 

trating, but it's one of those things 
that you have to let go and try to 
move forward to the next opportu- 

Paschall said she does believe, 
however, that the team's effort 
against Hendrix demonstrated their 
ability to work together as a unit. 

"It was a collective team effort," 
she says. 

Van Hooydonk agrees, comment- 
ing, "We've had great performances 
by a large number of players this 
season. Everyone has contributed 
at one time or another." 

Rhodes carried only three losses 
and the No. 2 spot in the SCAC into 
Sunday's game. 

"Rhodes is competing for the 
conference title. They will be high- 
ly motivated to not let that chance 
slip away with a poor result against 
us. We hope to spoil their season," 
Van Hooydonk said prior to the 

The Lady Majors were not able 
to completely spoil the Lynx's sea- 
son, but they were able to take the 
Rhodes team into double overtime, 
forcing the tie with a score of 2-2 . 

That game should reward the 
Lady Majors for the work they've 
put in this season. Van Hooydonk 
and his players are looking forward 
to carrying last weekend's momen- 
tum into the Oglethorpe game. 

Majors devastated by Tiger fourth quarter comeback 

Ben Cain 

Staff Writer 

When Sewanee quarterback Wes 
Satterfield made his way into the 
end zone with 2:13 to play last 
Saturday, a familiar sinking feeling 
settled over Harper Davis Field. The 
Tigers' fourth-quarter comeback 
typified the frustrations of the 2005 
season for Millsaps players and 
fans. Millsaps place kicker D.J. 
Mello summed up the mood of 
many, saying, "You felt so help- 

Millsaps dominated the first 
three periods of the game. Sewanee 
converted a field goal attempt on 
their opening drive, but after that 
the Millsaps defense was stifling, 
forcing the Tigers to wait until the 
fourth quarter for their next offen- 
sive score. The Majors defense 
came away with four turnovers on 
the day, two of which directly led to 

Early in the second quarter, Ross 
Rutledge set up Millsaps' first scor- 
ing drive by recovering a Satterfield 
fumble around the Sewanee 40- 

yard line. The Majors offense, led 
by freshman quarterback Billy Bob 
Orsagh, managed to convert a cru- 
cial third down and two situation to 
keep their drive alive, and a few 
plays later junior running back 
Tyson Roy made his way into the 
end zone to give Millsaps a 6-3 

On Millsaps' first play of their 
next possession, the Sewanee 
defense was able to corral Roy 
inside the end zone for a safety. 
The two teams went into the locker 
rooms at halftime with Millsaps 
owning a 6-5 advantage. 

The Majors tacked on 10 more 
points in the third quarter with 
solid special teams play until the 
Millsaps' advantage grew to 16-5. 
Sewanee responded by opening the 
final quarter with a quick 80-yard 
scoring drive during which they 
converted first downs on two third 
down plays and one fourth down 
attempt. The Tigers scored with 10 
minutes remaining in the ball 
game, but their two-point conver- 
sion try was denied when sopho- 
more Ray Kline intercepted 

Satterfield's pass. 

Following a punt on the Majors' 
ensuing possession, the Sewanee 
offense began their drive near the 
Millsaps 40-yard line. On a crucial 
fourth and three play, the Sewanee 
quarterback found a receiver for an 
18-yard gain and a first down. 
Millsaps forced Sewanee to try to 
convert another fourth down dur- 
ing the next set of downs, but 
Satterfield managed to elude sever- 
al Majors and advanced the ball to 
the 5-yard line, picking up another 
first down in the process. He then 
carried the ball into the end zone to 
provide Sewanee with the go-ahead 

After Sewanee successfully com- 
pleted their two-point conversion 
attempt, Millsaps received the kick. 
The offense was unable to pick up 
a first down, and Sewanee's 19-16 
lead remained intact until the final 

Speaking of the difficulty of 
watching Millsaps' lead slip away 
in the fourth quarter, Mello says, "It 
was devastating. The excitement 
was starting to build going into the 

fourth quarter, but watching 
Sewanee do that summed up the 
way the season has gone. " 

The squad has an opportunity to 
end its six-game losing skid and 
move out of a tie for last place in 
the SCAC if they can manage a 
Homecoming victory this Saturday 
against the Rhodes Lynx. 

Sophomore Jacob White stresses 
the fact that the team's record does 
not reflect the improvement in team 
dynamics, saying, "We're a lot clos- 
er than some other teams have 
been in the past." He also says that 
a key to victory for this week's 
game will be remaining "assign- 
ment-sound" on defense. 

Offensively, the Majors will look 
for more offensive production and 
increased scoring. Mello asserts, "If 
we play four solid quarters, we 
should be able to win." 

Freshman cheerleader Sarah 
Schmidt voices the confidence of 
loyal Millsaps fans, saying, "We've 
just gotta keep the faith." Kickoff is 
scheduled for 2 p.m. at Harper 
Davis Field. 

Road win does not translate into home victories 

Russell Turley and Ashley 

Staff Writer and Sports Editor 

Looking for their first conference 
victory of the season, the Millsaps 
men's soccer team traveled to Texas 
to take on SCAC schools and 
national juggernauts, Trinity and 
Southwestern. After hanging with 
perennial powerhouse Trinity until 
they were dealt an offensive 
onslaught of nine scores in the sec- 
ond half, the Majors sought to sal- 

vage their trip going up against the 
Southwestern Pirates the following 

Still scoreless after regulation, 
the Majors and the Pirates headed 
into overtime. In the 105 minute 
(15 minutes into overtime) senior 
Stuart Schmidt put one past the 
Pirate keeper sealing a 1-0 victory 
for the squad. The victory marked 
the first in the conference this sea- 
son, and the first time the Majors 
have ever defeated Southwestern at 

Senior Franklin Childress says, 

"This was a huge win for the pro- 
gram because it shows that all of 
the hard work we have been doing 
all season has been paying off." 
The Majors hoped they could take 
the momentum from Texas and 
translate it into victories in their 
last three contests of the season. 

Coming off the confidence 
booster in San Antonio, the Majors 
hosted Hendrix and Rhodes this 
past weekend. In their first game of 
the weekend against Hendrix, the 
Majors struggled, unable to defend 
against the Warriors' offensive 

attack. The Majors only garnered 
one save in the game compared to 
the eight Hendrix compiled. 

Hendrix went on to defeat 
Millsaps by a count of 1-0. The 
Majors struggled in their following 
game against Rhodes as well, los- 
ing 3-1 to the Lynx despite a late 
second half goal by Stuart Schmidt. 

The two defeats of the weekend 
dropped the Majors overall record 
to (6-10-1, 1-7). 

In their final game of the season 
the Majors will host Oglethorpe on 
Sun., Nov. 6 on Harper Davis Field 

Major Cross Country Athlete 

Will Benton 


Name: Will Benton 
Class: Sophomore 
Height: 5'11" 
Weight: 162 

Hometown: St. Francisville, La. 
Major: Undecided 
Future Plans: Undecided 


Food: Peanut Butter 

Caf food: Granola 
I Drink: Milk 
i Restaurant: Keifer's 

Professor: Dr. Khandker 
I Book: "The English Patient" 
; Movie: "The Princess Bride" 

TV Show: I pretty much don't watch 

Band: Dave Matthews Band 

Benton led the way for the Majors at the SCAC Cross Country Championships in 
Conway, Ark last weekend. In the meet, he finished with a time of 30:36.04 and a pace 
of 6:09. With the cross country season completed, Benton, along with Coach David Rop 
and the rest of the Millsaps cross country team, will focus their efforts on improving 
individually and as a team in order to prepare for next season. 


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Millsaps College 



r All Hail the Queen 

Photo by Jason Jarin 

The Homecoming Queen and her court (left to right): sophomore Jacquelin Coale, freshman 
Menton McGinnis, senior Lauren Lippincott, Queen Senior Gina Colon, senior Anna Marsh, 
senior Kellie Giorgio, junior Jessica Hoffpouir, senior Emily Maples 

Gibson retires after 
69 years of service 

Chris Awwad 

Staff Writer 

Last month, the Millsaps 
community was forced to say 
goodbye to one of its most 
noteworthy members. After 69 years 
of service, Joe Lee Gibson, 84, has 
reluctantly retired due to health 
reasons. According to Maintenance 
Director Danny Neely, "He had been 
discussing retirement for the last ten 
years. He just couldn't give it up." 

Gibson was honored on Wed., 
Nov. 9 with a retirement reception 
at Millsaps. Friends and members 
of the College community were all 
invited to honor Gibson for his years 
of service and dedication. 

Gibson was not a brilliant 
professor or a great student — he 
wasn't even literate, but his legacy 
will live on at Millsaps. He was an 
employee who would generally be 
easy to overlook and never thanked 
appropriately for his work. However, 
Gibson's hard work, loyalty and 
friendliness will never be forgotten. 
"They don't make them like Mr. Joe 

anymore," says Neely. 

Gibson was born in Jackson in 
1 922 and began working at Millsaps 
on June 1, 1936. Gibson worked 
in different areas throughout the 
College; he first began working 
the grounds with his father. 
However, Gibson moved to working 
housekeeping for many years and 
then back to working the grounds 
later in his career. 

Gibson saw more changes on 
the College campus than any other 
individual. He began working when 
Millsaps College was nothing more 
than four or five buildings, witnessing 
the vast majority of College history. 
Gibson worked at the college during 
several wars and the voluntary 
integration of African-American 
students. Gibson can remember many 
of the past presidents, faculty, staff 
and students; he even remembers 
some of the faculty and staff from 
when they were students, as well. 

Gibson continued on page 3 

Video Cafe closes; students, teachers bemoan 

Neha Solanki 

Staff Writer 

The night before the Video 
Cafe closed, music resonated 
throughout the entire coffee 
shop. A few of the employees and 
customers drunkenly danced to 
the melodies. Some people had 
board games out; some were just 
sipping coffee and talking. Ronel 
Sanchez, co-owner of the Cafe, 
individually thanked everyone for 
coming out. 

After pouring forth the description 
of the closing, Colleen McGinity, 
a sophomore, remarks, "It was a 

really sad picture. Everyone knew 
the cafe was going to close the next 
night, but they all were trying to be 
optimistic about it." 

On Sun., Oct. 16, the Video 
Cafe closed down, much to the 
dismay of many citizens in the 
Fondren District. The Cafe, located 
across from Millsaps College, 
was considered a great spot for 
students from from Millsaps, 
Belhaven College, and Mississippi 
College as well as the surrounding 
neighborhood residents to enjoy a 
calm collegiate atmosphere. 

The Cafe was one of the few 
businesses in Jackson to remain 

open until midnight. Foreign 
movies, indie flicks, and other less 
mainstream films could be found 
at the dual video library/coffee 
shop. The Video Cafe also offered 
a free of charge delivery service to 
Millsaps students, which included 
movies and food. 

The Cafe housed what Sanchez 
considers the second-best chef 
in Mississippi. They served the 
Copolla and the Fellini sandwiches, 
among other things on their 
unique menu. "Oh my gosh! The 
food is wonderful. I couldn't feel 
the fat cells forming my body. It 
was one of the healthiest meals 

I've had in awhile," says freshman 
Caroline Massey. 

The closing of the Video Cafe 
was a huge loss to many Millsaps 
students. Many classes were 
taken to the Cafe so that the 
students could study in a different 

French professor Mrs. Gail 
Buzhardt occasionally used the 
Cafe as an alternative classroom 
setting. "For the past two or three 
years, I have taken classes to 
the Video Cafe and was always 
pleased. And the students loved it! 
They served us on French plates 
and always prepared something 

French, like crepes or mushrooms 
vinagrette. Besides that, I used to 
go there often, alone or with other 
groups. Sandy's sandwiches and 
salads were delicious, even the 
herbs and spices were fresh, and 
the salad greens were so fresh, that 
'just-picked' flavor. Besides that, 
he created some great dishes, like 
black-eyed pea soup, scrumptious! 
I miss them so much, and hope 
there is some way to bring them 
back," says Buzhardt. 

Video Cafe continued on page 3 

Many students fall victim to e-mail scams 

Becky Lasoski 

News Editor 

Numerous students on campus 
have been plagued by a recent 
string of scam e-mails from 
companies such as eBay and 
PayPal. Scammers disguise the e- 
mails to resemble the company's e- 
mails and trick users into sending 
password, credit card information 
and other personal information to 
the scammer. 

Sophomore Katie Tumminello 
has fallen victim to the hoax e- 
mails. "I got screwed over by an 
eBay scam. I stupidly replied back 
to the e-mail with my information. 
Although, I don't think they 
actually received the e-mail 
because when I pressed send the 
computer responded that it was 
unable to send because I had not 
completely filled out the necessary 
information. I had already put in 
my credit card number in the e- 
mail so I cancelled the card for 
safety. Thankfully, no charges 
have been made to the card except 
by me," says Tumminello. 

The creators of the scam e- 
mails try to get recipients to click 
on a link in the e-mail which 
directs them to a false log-in page. 
It is designed to look just like an 
eBay or PayPal website. The user 

then unknowingly logs into the 
fake site with their user name 
and password and enters private 
information that can then be used 
by the hoax e-mailer. 

"The e-mail seemed very legit; 
they had eBay logos and the typical 
set-up of eBay e-mails. The e-mail 
said that they had been going 
through membership files and that 
I needed to verify my credit card 
numbers before a certain date. The 
only reason I didn't do it was just 
laziness. I even saved the e-mails 
to fill out later!" says junior Pam 
Beidleman. Beidleman says she 
is still receiving the hoax e-mails 
but does not have any intention of 
filling them or sending them in. 

Sophomore Dorothy Lanier was 
a victim of the scam despite the 
fact that she never actually replied 
back to one of the e-mails. Lanier 
comments, "I had gotten a bunch 
of e-mails but had not replied to 
any of them. Most of the e-mails 
want your credit card and social 
security numbers. I don't know 
how they got my information and 
passwords since I didn't reply to 
any of the e-mails." 

"I realized it was a scam when 
money was withdrawn from my 
checking account, about $500 
in total. I figured that it was the 
result of these scam e-mails since 

I had received so many of them. 
I immediately called PayPal and 
they were very helpful and got 
the whole thing worked out. I 
got my money back and PayPal 
and eBay both sent me apologies. 
They also told me how to prevent 
this from happening in the future. 
Whenever you receive those e- 
mails you can forward them to 
PayPal and eBay and they will 
take care of it. Actually, after I 
called PayPal, I checked my e-mail 
and realized they had alerted me 
to the charges and that they had 
suspicions that it was a fraud. So, 
they are actually protecting you 
more that you think," explains 

Despite efforts to stop the 
scam, the news of the fraudulent 
e-mails has yet to reach all 
students. "I have been getting 
scam emails from eBay. I almost 
filled out my personal info until I 
got to the section that asked for 
my social security number and 
I realized it wasn't legitimate. 
So, I deleted the e-mail and was 
later informed that the e-mail was 
a scam. Unfortunately, I'm still 
receiving the e-mails, though," 
says sophomore Mimi Grissom. 

Phishing continued on page 3 

Photo by Jason Jarin 

Fake e-mails posing to be from eBay and other likely companies 
have students tearing their hair out, deceiving numerous users 
into giving away important numbers to online scammers. 

The Life 

Project Mid- 
town, this Sat- 
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pages 6 and 7. 


Best friends with 
God? Checkout 
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Judicial Council tackles difficult issue of inter-fraternal violence 

It seemed the semester could not get any worse after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, but little did the Millsaps community know that there would be another occurrence that 
would cause its own bit of damage to Millsaps College and its inhabitants. As many are aware, the occurrences of 2005 Boys' Bid Day activities led to a sequence of events that 
involved not only students but several organizations, the Judicial Council and the school administration as well. 

As much as we can wish that the violence that took place on Boys' Bid Day never happened, repercussions were absolutely necessary to ensure that a similar incident would be 
prevented. Parents, students, advisors, faculty and staff were all upset about what happened on that day. If no action was taken on preventing the incident in the future, it would send 
the message to everyone on campus that violence will be tolerated. 

Unfortunately, this meant that the case would be brought up to the decision of the Judicial Council, a council made up of both students and faculty. Rumors abounded about the 
corruption of this council, created by the student body. The rules and regulations of the council were unclear and students were confused on the process and proceedings of the coun- 
cil. Questions were raised on the fairness of individuals and the council as a whole. The underlying question seemed to be "How can a peer judge someone without bias?" 

While there may be no correct answer to this question it is necessary to remember that the council strives for fairness and justness in all their proceedings. The individuals were 
selected to the council because their character was believed to be honest and fair. There is no test for fairness and thus the decision was left on the shoulders of the council members 
and the administration. 

What needs to be focused on regarding this incident is not whether the Judicial Council or its process is fair to the students, although this is an issue that should be addressed. 
Rather, we need to focus on why this incident happened and how we can prevent it in the future. While it is easy to blame others for the bad things that happen in our lives we must, 
as adults, strive to recognize our mistakes and own up to our shortcomings. 

Christianity should be 
about personal reflection 

Chris Robinson 


In last week's "Purple & White" there was a column that called Millsaps 
students to stop acting like fools and "get right with God." Now, I'm not 
one to come down against religion. For those of you readers who don't 
know me, I am a devout Christian who believes in a complex and ques- 
tioning faith. I look toward the possibility of serving God as a priest in the 
Episcopal Church. I believe in the love and kindness of God and our call, 
as humans, to live Christ-like lives. However, I do not believe in the kind 
of Christianity that led to the piece that was published last week. 

Last week's column stated that many students coming to Millsaps 
College, or to any college for that matter, often step away from some of 
their core religious values and experience the secular side of life. The 
author"'su , gge'§fS that this "is~ a" terrible problem, but I would tend 'to -dis- 
agree. College is one of the few times, in your life when you are truly able 
to make your own decisions and it is the best time to look, and evaluate, 
your spiritual life. If you discover that God is not for you right now, then 
that's ok, He'll still be around whenever you find your way back. And if 

you discover that God is the thing for you, then that's okay too, just don't 
shove it on everyone else. The best thing about college is that it is a time 
when questions can be asked and answers can be received. 

Another big problem I had with last week's piece was the focus the 
author put on certain "sins." The author suggests that to get right with 
God one must stop getting drunk and "lustfully dancing in clubs until 4 
a.m. and getting up for church at 8 a.m." Now, to deal with the dancing 
first, if you can stay out at clubs until 4 a.m. and then still force yourself 
out of bed to go to church while most of your Millsaps friends continue 
sleeping off their hangovers, then I congratulate you. As far as drinking 
goes, certainly there is something to be said for all things being done in 
moderation, but I do not believe that there is anything wrong with drink- 
ing responsibly. Does God dislike college students because they drink? Can 
you not be a good Christian if you like to drink? I don't think either of 
these statements are true, but I do think that the logic the author uses 
seems to often lead down these paths. 

Now, my final problem with the article in question is the way it por- 
trays Christianity. I am a liberal. I am also a Christian. It seems that in our 
modern blue and red state mindset people don't always see how you can 
be both. There is only one thing that bothers me more than a liberal 
attacking religion, and that is a religious person giving them a good rea- 
son to. There is a war in Iraq, genocide in Darfur, an AIDS epidemic in 
Africa, and poverty all over the world and yet the sins many Christians 
want to focus on are drinking and partying. We, as Christians, should be 
focusing on fixing the real problems of our world rather than trying to con- 
vince our peers that God doesn't want them out late on the weekends. It 
is this naive focus on pointless issues that bother so many educated "lib- 
erals" and that draw their attacks on religion. 

I can agree with one point of the former article: "The time is now!" Get 
involved in the world around you. If you are' hot in a pla<5e 'wlrere you are 
ready to accept God, that does not mean you cannot make a positive 
change in the world around you. Give of yourself to others, and God will 
find you. Being a Christian, being religious at all, is not a destination, it is 
a journey. 

Rise in theft on campus 
causes insecurity 

Gwendolyne Ballard 


I have noticed that there has been a lot of theft on campus lately. In 
fact, on my hall, someone has begun stealing things out of the hall bath- 
room. This is really starting to bother me; I actually can't believe that this 
is happening here. I know that I shouldn't be naive: when you leave your 
things unattended, people will take them; therefore, you should not leave 
your things unattended if you want them. However, Millsaps seemed to be 
so safe last year. Perhaps I was in a false sense of security. 

Last year, many people that I knew left their doors unlocked. I have 
even forgotten my purse in the caf. When I came back, it was in the same 
place that I left it, untouched. I am not sure whether it was because of the 
atmosphere of Millsaps or the things that administrators told me about 

campus safety, but I literally felt as safe as I would at home. I never wor- 
ried about anything being stolen, although I didn't leave anything of major 
significance unattended. I didn't even worry about walking across campus 
alone at night. I felt completely safe. 

This has changed. I have read the security reports and I have experi- 
enced in my dorm theft on campus this semester. I don't know why it is 
happening all of a sudden. Maybe it is not sudden at all, and I just didn't 
notice it before. I think that it is insane that you have to be afraid that your 
purse is going to get stolen if you leave it on the counter for two minutes. 
I also cannot believe that someone would steal flower arrangement out of 
a bathroom in the AC. 

WHY? This is my first question. First of all, why would you choose to 
steal? Especially, why would you choose to steal stupid things that have 
little or no value? Someone stole shower curtains out of the bathrooms on 
my hall. What the heck are you going to do with used shower curtains? 
Second of all, why is this happening all of a sudden? It seems to me (and 
I could be wrong) that theft of this scale was not a factor on campus last 
year. I know that someone stole the Christmas tree from Olin, but there 
weren't countless instances of things being taken from campus like there 
are this year. 

The worst thing about theft on campus is that it makes me feel so inse- 
cure and afraid that if my door isn't locked at all times, if my purse isn't 
on me, and if I leave anything that people will rob me blind. I especially 
hate the fact that people are stealing things from my hall. That is the scari- 
est because that is were I spend most of my time and my most valuable 
things are in my room. I know that Millsaps is relatively safe and if I went 
to a bigger college that a lot more things would get stolen. Somehow, that 
doesn't make me feel better. 


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I've thought about it 
more, but I've been to 
church less. 

Lisa Keating. 

I wasn't even 
religious before 
I came here. 

Keyuan Zhang. 

Come on now. 
I talk to God 
every week. 

Jenny Phalen, 

there er less religious? 

I don't think I'm 
different religiously, 
but I go to church less. 

More, because 
in college it became 

more of a choice 
than it was at home. 

What is religious, 


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Julye Clark and Callie 

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More changes in school 
calendar due to Katrina 

Criminal Offenses 

Criminal Offenses - On-campus 




a. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 0 



b. Negligent manslaughter 




c. Sex offenses - Forcible 




d. Sex offenses - Non-forcible 




e. Robbery 





f. Aggravated assault 




g. Burglary 





h. Motor vehicle theft 




i. Arson 





Arrests - On-campus 




a. Illegal weapons possession 




b. Drug law violations 




c. Liquor law violations 




Arrests - On-campus Residence Halls 




a. Illegal weapons possession 




b. Drug law violations 




c. Liquor law violations 




Disciplinary Actions 

Disciplinary Actions /Judical Referrals - 





a. Illegal weapons possession 




b. Drug law violations 




c. Liquor law violations 




Disciplinary Actions /Judical Referrals - 

Public Property 




a. Illegal weapons possession 




b. Drug law violations 




c. Liquor law violations 




Candice Fisher 

Staff Writer 

In the immediate aftermath of 
Hurricane Katrina in late August, 
Millsaps students were told to 
leave campus, if possible, with 
classes cancelled until further 
notice. During the unplanned 
break, students received word 
from President Francis Lucas that 
classes would resume on Sept. 12. 

The unscheduled disruption 
in fall classes led to a series 
of changes in the 2005/2006 
academic calendar. Fall break was 
cancelled, a week of Christmas 
break was gone, and several 
Saturday classes were scheduled 
to make up for the ten missed 
class meetings. However, students 
recently received word from Dean 
of the College Richard Smith that 
the calendar for this academic year 
had been changed once again. 

Now, with exams ending the 
week of Dec. 17, and classes 
officially resuming Tues., Jan. 17, 
students will receive the originally 
intended month-long Christmas 
holiday. Yet, this caused more 
changes still. The Commencement 
ceremony for this year's seniors 
has been moved. It was intended 
to be May 7, 2006, and is now a 

week later. 

This series of changes has 
received mixed reviews among 
Millsaps students. After the long 
stretch in the fall semester without 
a vacation, now that Fall Break is 
gone, many are ecstatic about the 
extended winter holiday. 

The majority of underclassmen 
are happy with the final revised 
calendar. Freshman Andy Carlson 
was surprised when he found out 
of the schedule change. "We get 
a month for Christmas? I didn't 
know it'd been changed. Sweet!" 
says Carlson. 

Freshman Austin Tooley states, 
"I'm glad that we were given our 
extra week back at Christmas. I 
am now able to take a trip I wasn't 
going to be able to. I would much 
rather go a week longer in May 
and be able to travel and enjoy a 
month off for Christmas." 

Senior Brad Corban believes 
that the change in general will 
be positive. Corban says, "It 
has slightly inconvenienced my 
family, who had already made 
hotel reservations, but those 
are easily changed, I suppose. I 
have no concrete plans for next 
summer, so I don't mind at all. In 
fact, after not getting Fall Break, I 
may be eager to make sure I get 

Phishing continued from page 1 

eBay is taking steps to 
prevent further fraud. They 
have recently changed their 
warning on their webpage from 
"We will never ask for personal 
information in an e-mail" to "An 
authentic eBay e-mail should 
include customer account 
number, customer name, first 

four digits of customer's credit 
card number, expiration date 
and personalized greeting." 

On Oct. 1, eBay announced 
that they had set up a Spoof E- 
mail Protection Tutorial on their, 
education/spooftutorial. The 
illustrated tutorial teaches users 

how to spot a spoof e-mail and 
fake Web site, as well as steps 
for protecting accounts and 
personal information. 

Beidlemen comments, "Well, 
itnwould be nice. for the school's 
Computer Services to do 
something but I think it's pretty 
much impossible to truly block 

all harmful e-mails. However, 
an e-mail of warning of possible 
scams and e-mail subjects to 
watch for would be a great idea 

Video Cafe continued from page 1 

Holly Harmon, sophomore, 
participated in this French fieldtrip. 
"Our French class went to the 
Video Cafe because their chef 
made crepes. We all talked French 
to each other; even the chef kind of 
tried," comments Harmon. 

For some students, the Video 
Cafe was a good alternative to a 
traditional campus study setting. 
It was located across the street 
from Millsaps, so one could get the 
benefits of leaving campus while 

not traveling too great a distance. 

Sophomore Petra Vackova says, 
"I liked all the different kinds of 
people that would come there. Like 
on Friday evenings, the drum circle 
would just come and drum. Such 
a diverse group of people were 
always present at the Video Cafe. 
The environment was so homey, 
that people did not feel like they 
were strangers." 

Luke Darby, a freshman, went to 
the Video Cafe the night it closed. 

Darby comments that the aspect he 
misses the most about the Cafe is 
its eclectic variety of movies. 

"They had movies that I still 
cannot find anywhere else," says 
Darby. "I wasn't able to see any 
of those movies before the Cafe 
closed. The night they closed, they 
gave me their very last sandwich. 
They didn't even charge me for it." 
In regards to the hospitality of the 
owners, Darby comments,"From 
the second you walked in, the 

owner would immediately start 
talking to you and make you feel 
welcome. " 

Ronel Sanchez, fondly known 
as "Ro" to most people, already 
has plans for his next business 
endeavor. "I want to create a club 
for college students in Jackson. 
The club would open late at night 
and be open until the morning," 
says Sanchez. Co-owners, Richard 
and David Weiss, were not able to 
be reached for an interview. 

Gibson continued from page 1 

Gibson enjoyed sharing with 
his coworkers the knowledge he 
had gained throughout the years. 
He spent lots of his time telling 
his younger coworkers about the 
equipment and techniques he 
had used in the past. For instance, 
during his time at Millsaps Gibson 
went from mowing the lawn with a 
manual push mower to a motorized 
push mower and now to the riding 
mowers used today. 

Several years back, Gibson began 
working half days, because of his 
health problems. "We used to take 
him home at lunch everyday after he 
got too old to ride the JATRAN," said 
Cedric Richardson, one of Gibson's 
coworkers. However, even at the age 

of 84, Gibson made his walk around 
campus to pick up trash every 
morning with a smile on his face. 

Gibson took pride in all that he 
did, and it was recognized by many 
of the faculty, staff and students. 

"I never saw him idle," said 
Mrs. Kathi Griffin, Writing Center 
coordinator, "except to take time to 
talk with students." 

Gibson's character was recognized 
by all who had the pleasure of 
meeting him, including those who 
knew of him from Millsaps and those 
who knew him from elsewhere. 

"Mr. Joe Lee is probably the most 
honorable person I know," says Bill 
Goodman, Jackson attorney. 

President Frances Lucas 

comments, "Joe Lee Gibson is one 
of the first people I met when I 
came to Millsaps College. He greeted 
me cheerfully and I realized after 
hearing his story that Joe Lee has 
greeted generations of Millsaps 
people warmly. People like Joe Lee 
are the heart of the College." 

All those who knew Gibson affirm 
that his love was Millsaps; it came 
second in his life only to his family. 

Gibson worked all his life to 
support his family and ensure the 
success of his children. "He was 
always talking about his daughters- 
he was so proud of them," said 
Neely. Through his hard work, even 
working two jobs at one point, Gibson 
gave his children the opportunity to 

attend college— an opportunity that 
he never had. 

In the past few years, Gibson 
had the opportunity to travel. His 
daughters sent him on a cruise 
several years ago, and, being an avid 
Atlanta Braves fan, he was able to 
attend many games in Adanta. 

Gibson will never be forgotten 
by the Millsaps community. From 
students who simply knew him by 
his smile and wave, to his coworkers 
who knew him well and admired him 
for his hard work and dedication, 
Gibson will be remembered because 
of his personal impact on Millsaps 

Security Rep 

Nov. 2 

Harassing Phone Calls 

Nov. 3 

Malicious Mischief 

At approximately 8:21 p.m., a freshman At approximately 2:22 a.m., an officer 
called dispatch and stated that she had was dispatched to investigate some 
been receiving harassing phone calls furniture being overturned on the porch 
and wanted to file a report. of a fraternity house. A complainant 

stated that he had witnessed two 

freshmen turning their benches upside 
down and banging on their front door 
with a broken "2 by 6" (lumber). 

my full month in for winter break. 
And this pushes back comps, also, 

Some students are not as 
pleased with the revised calendar. 
Senior Gina Colon says, "The 
change in the graduation date 
has not really affected me or my 
family. Honestly, I am more upset 
about having a longer winter 
break because three weeks is 
already too long for me. However, 
I know that some of my friends 
had family members already make 
plans to come into Jackson for the 
previous graduation date, which is 
very problematic for them. " 

Seniors and their families are 
the most inconvenienced by these 
changes, due to the date of the 
Commencement ceremony. Colon 
also comments, "I do wish that the 
administration had addressed the 
student body about this proposal 
before making the final decision 
to move graduation. I believe 
that a number of students would 
have requested that it not be 

Despite differing views, the 
2005/2006 academic calendar 
has undergone its final changes. 
Students will have to enjoy their 
extra week in the winter and adjust 
to the additional week in May. 

going on? 

McNair Info Meeting 
Nov. 10, 3:30 p.m. 

There will be an info 
session on the McNair 
fund. Students can learn 
how they can travel with 
the aid of the McNair 
fund and will be able to 
ask questions regarding 
this opportunity. 

Glorify God 

Every Thursday at 8 

Meet in Student 
Organization Room. 
Bring your own Bible. 

Friday Forum 
Nov. 11 
12:30 p.m. 
AC 215 

Dr. Stuart Rockoff, 
historian for the Goldring/ 
Woldenberg Institute of 
Southern Jewish Life, will 
be presenting. 

Ultimate Frisbee 
Fri., Nov. 11 
3 p.m. 

Meet on the Intramural 

2 nd Annual Diwali 

Indian Festival of Lights 
Wed., Nov. 16 
Dinner at 6 p.m. 
Show at 7 p.m. 

LSAT Review Course 
Sat., Nov. 12 

Sign up in AC 100 

Volunteers Needed 

Dream, Inc. is looking 
for volunteers to work 
with 6 th to 8 th graders at 
Northwest Rankin Middle 

Contact Kenitra Wallace at 
601-933-9182 if interested 

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Hindus share vibrant culture 

Chris Awwad 

Staff Writer 

With more than 762 million 
followers world-wide, Hinduism 
is the third-largest of all religions. 
According to the Yearbook of 
American and Canadian Churches, 
there are about 1.1 million 
Hindus in America. Hindus have 
a great network throughout the 
United States, and Millsaps is not 

The College's ties to Hinduism 
are evident in many ways, 
including the Gandhi statue in 
front of Sullivan-Harrell Hall, a 
gift from the India Association 
of Mississippi, given to Millsaps 
in 2003. 

"I think it's really cool," 
tells freshman Lekha Sunkara. 
"The Gandhi statue is the only 
monument on campus other than 
Major Millsaps' tomb." 

Though there is no official group 
for Hindu students on campus, 
an informal group has been 
established. The Hindu population 
at Millsaps is a fairly close group of 
students, possibly because several 
of the students come from very 
close-knit communities of Hindus. 
Though Millsaps Hindus do 
enjoy spending time together, 
their community is by no means 
exclusive. These students have 
all branched out and become 
active in many extracurricular 
activities, including school clubs 
and Greek life. 

Many Hindu students take part 
in religious activities off campus, 
as well. Most of the students attend 
the Hindu Temple in Jackson for 
prayers, special festivals and other 
auspicious events. Though Hindu 
students can come from different 
backgrounds and practice different 
forms of Hinduism, the temple 
provides a place for all to worship. 

According to several Hindu 
students, Millsaps has skillfully 
integrated other cultures 
and religions like Hinduism 
into their course curriculum, 
including the use of the 
Bhagavad-Gita in Heritage. 

Hindu students at Millsaps 
feel as though the college is very 
accepting of different cultures and 
religious beliefs. 

Continuing the tradition of 
diversity, many students have even 
become involved in celebrations of 
the Hindu faith by participating in 
celebrations like Diwali, perhaps 
the most important Hindu holiday. 

"Just the fact that we're having 
our second annual Diwali show 
this year is evident of the support 
we get from Millsaps students and 
faculty," says senior Vimala Gutti. 

In only two more weeks, the 
second annual Diwali show will 
take place in the AC Recital Hall. 
The festivities begin at 6 p.m. on 
Wed., Nov. 16 with traditional 
Indian snacks and desserts 
prepared by the students' mothers 
and will then continue with the 
show from 7 to 8. 

The show will consist of 
three dances: classical, folk and 
fusion. There will also be a rap 
performance, a fashion show and 
much more. 

"The show last year was a 
major success," says Gutti. "We're 
hoping to keep it a Millsaps 

These students feel as though 
Millsaps professors do a great 
job giving students more of an 
understanding of the Hindu faith. 

"I like how they focus on the 
philosophy rather than ritual," 
tells Sunkara. Through coursework 
and campus-wide events, Millsaps 
opens itself to other cultures and 
faiths, thus making the college a 
culturally rich institution. 

Mission possible: Freshman Rebecca Behrends and senior Trey Fleet prove that dating in 
campus not only is a possibility for a few but is indeed a reality to many. 

Photo by Wendy Brady 
the Millsaps 

Religious policy differs at sister schools 

Ben Cain 

Staff Writer 

On paper, Belhaven, Mississippi 
College (MC) and Millsaps have a 
lot in common. 

All three schools align 
themselves with one of the 
major Protestant Christian sects. 
Protestant Christians make up the 
majority of the student body at all 
three institutions, as well. Despite 
these surface similarities, however, 
there are major differences in the 
role religion plays at the three 
different colleges. 

Mississippi College and 
Belhaven still have mandatory 
chapel meetings for all students 
and faculty. Dr. Eric Pratt, vice 
president of Christian development 
at MC, says that chapel plays 
a dual role in the lives of his 
students. In his' opinion, chapel 
helps students "maintain their 
connection to Christianity" as well 
as helping to "expose students 

to the truth of the Gospel and 
educate them about other aspects 
of the Christian faith." 

Matt Jones, a sophomore at 
MC, says that students there are 
required to attend chapel on 
Tuesdays. Students must swipe 
their college ID card to verify 
their attendance. According to the 
college website, more than three 
absences from chapter during any 
single semester will result in the 
student losing their chapel credit 
for that semester. Jones says that 
the mandatory chapel meetings 
are generally tolerated without 
too much complaint from the 
students, who, he says, "mostly 
go and usually pay attention." 

Belhaven freshman Courtney 
Coleman says that she enjoys 
the opportunity chapel gives the 
student body to "come together 
and worship God as a group," 
but regrets what she perceives to 
be a consistent lineup of "very 
Presbyterian and one-sided" 

speakers. She points out the 
homogeneousness on the Belhaven 
campus, saying students there are 
"predominantly Christian." 

"I haven't met anybody of 
another faith here, " she says. 

The curriculums at Belhaven 
and MC reflect their belief that 
they should expose students to the 
Christian faith as often as possible. 
According to Pratt, MC feels that 
their curriculum's goal is to show 
that "all truth is God's truth." 

Coleman says that Belhaven 
is very overt about their support 
for the Christian faith, citing an 
example from a recent biology 
class. As the class looked at slides 
of various organisms, the professor 
quietly flipped the projector to a 
slide showing a Bible verse before 
continuing with his lecture. 

This is a typical experience 
in class at Belhaven. "All of our 
classes have some kind of scripture 
readings or prayers incorporated 
into lectures," Coleman tells. 

Perhaps the most telling 
difference in the attitude toward 
the promotion of religion at the 
different colleges can be seen in 
their faculty hiring practices. In 
addition to evaluating a potential 
faculty member's academic and 
professional credentials, MC 
and Belhaven also ask a battery 
of questions related to the 
applicant's personal faith. The 
application for a faculty position 
at MC, available on their website, 
asks questions such as, "How 
does your Christianity affect your 
daily life?" and asks applicants to 
"describe [their] personal faith 
and Christian experience." 

Pratt affirms that an applicant's 
faith can determine whether he 
or she is hired, saying, "We give 
hiring preference first to Baptists, 
then Evangelical Christians that 
share beliefs with Baptists, and 
then to members of other Christian 

Millsaps, in contrast, asks 

applicants to submit a resume, 
a statement of experience and 
an outline of plans for research 
and teaching, according to the 
school's website. 

Explaining Millsaps' different 
approach to promoting faith on 
campus, Chaplain Lisa Garvin 
says, "We encourage students 
to explore and engage different 
perspectives and check out 
different things. This is not to 
destroy or diminish the tradition 
you came with, but rather, to 
promote a fuller understanding of 
other faiths and how they relate to 
your own." 

She believes that Millsaps 
fosters an environment of 
tolerance, which distinguishes it 
from other schools in our area. 
Whatever faith a student might 
hold, Garvin expresses her hope 
that "faith is a part of how students 
engage in life here at Millsaps," 
and compliments other aspects of 
campus life. 


canun Fsatura mat, k>1p Dohety, fen] mr-i uu ilahaktaaiUlian.edii 

Jackson Jewish community vibrant, thriving 

Eric Sumrall 

Staff Writer 

When you think of Jackson, 
Miss. , something that may not come 
immediately to mind is Jewish 
culture. Several organizations in 
Jackson, including the Jewish 
Cultural Organization (JCO) at 
Millsaps want to change that. 

Sophomore Harrison Wool, 
president of the JCO, believes it 
is the job of the JCO to energize 
the Jewish community in Jackson. 
"Judaism in Jackson is alive but 
pulsating slowly, in my opinion. 
This is the South and there is only 
one temple in Jackson," Wool says. 
"It is my job as President of the JCO 
to quicken this pulse by exposing 
the students of Millsaps who aren't 
Jewish to Jewish culture without 
trying to convert them." 

Dr. James Bowley, faculty 
adviser for the JCO, agrees with 
Wool about the mission of the 
JCO. "The JCO was founded to 
give Jewish students and those 
interested in Jewish culture a club 
and community in which to enjoy 
Jewish customs and culture," 
Bowley says. "The Jackson Jewish 
community is not large compared 
to other large urban areas across 
the country, but it is a very active 
and Welcoming community 
that is centered at Beth Israel 
Congregation, the synagogue on 
Old Canton Road." 

He also conveys his appreciation 
of the broad-mindedness of the 
Millsaps community. "While the 
Millsaps culture is predominantly 
Christian, there is a genuine 
openness to other religions and 
cultures," says Bowley. "The JCO 
was created for the purpose of 
creating a Jewish life on campus. 

'^Judaism is a very diverse 

culture. For example, many Jews 
are not religious, while others are. 
The JCO is meant to serve the 
full diversity of Jews, and we try 
to be inclusive of many ways of 
being Jewish," continues Bowley. 
"[The] JCO is affiliated with the 
International Jewish Campus 
Organization Hillel, which you 
will find on all major college 
campuses. It's great that Millsaps, 
like other important schools, has a 
Hillel House." 

The JCO is also very active on 
campus. "We have done things 
on campus such as set up the 
sukka in the Bowl for the Jewish 
holiday of Sukkot. [Last] week we 
[sponsored] the Jackson Jewish 
Film Festival on campus, Nov. 5- 
8. We have also sponsored food 
drives for Stewpot the last two 
years," Bowley shares. 

The JCO also aids students in 
the celebration of Jewish holidays 
such as Rosh Hashanah and Yom 
Kippur. "JCO provides a venue 
for students to celebrate the 
essentials of Jewish culture. We 
provide transportation to services 
for holidays and special occasions 
at Beth Israel," says Wool. 

The JCO and Hillel House are 
not the only Jewish organizations 
located in the Jackson area. "The 
Institute of Southern Jewish 
Life is another active group in 
the city," Bowley explains. "It 
is an organization based here 
in Jackson that focuses on the 
Jewish experience in the southern 
United States." 

With the aid of organizations 
like this and the JCO, the Jewish 
community at Millsaps and the city 
beyond becomes more vibrant with 
each passing year. With their help, 
Jackson is becoming a livelier and 
more diverse place to live. 

Students struggle to find, keep faith 

Miriam Gray 

Staff Writer 

Many young adults go off 
to college holding their strong 
personal beliefs close to heart. 
Others may come to college 
seeking some new faith to guide 
them. However, there is no 
doubt that college tremendously 
affects a student's spirituality. 
Some underlying causes of this 
effect are knowledge gained in 
religion or philosophy classes, 
time commitment and the general 
permissiveness of the campus life. 

Upon entering college, 
students are bombarded with 
new ideologies. "Particularly here 
at Millsaps, what students learn 
in religion and philosophy classes 
challenges their faith and makes 
them think critically," asserts 
campus Chaplain Lisa Garvin. 

"Many students come to college 
with inherited beliefs. When I was 
in high school everybody in my 
community and church believed 
in the same thing. College was 
different, because professors 
threw new ideas at me. Professors 
here at Millsaps don't force their 
ideas upon students. Instead, 
they are giving students historical 
evidence and leaving the decision 
up to them. Students begin to 
wonder why they believe what 
they believe. That's a good thing 
although it may sometimes be 
scary for a student," Garvin feels. 

I hope that what a student 
learns in class impacts their 
faith, not change it. I also hope 
that when students receive this 
new-found knowledge they think 
critically, and become better 
informed on how they practice 
their own personal beliefs," 
Garvin says. 

The effect on one's spirituality 
from things learned in class is 
a major issue among college 
students. "IamaBaptist, and before 
I entered college I didn't know 
much about different religions," 
explains junior Kirk Jackson. "I 
guess what I learned in class made 
me accept others and their beliefs, 

but it didn't change mine. I'm sure 
the environment changes some 
peoples' beliefs, because they are 
away from home." 

Other students came to Millsaps 
open to all new ideas. "I came into 
college with an open mind. I have 
never been conservative," says 
sophomore Thomas Richardson. 
"Though I think faith is an issue, 
I am open to what my professors 
can give me from their studies and 
combine it with my own beliefs." 

David Carrol, associate pastor 
of Galloway United Methodist 
Church, has his own perspective 
on the matter. "College students 
are faced with divergent ways of 
thinking and new opinions. This 
becomes somewhat disorienting, 
which may lead to homesickness 
and a fear of not fitting in. I guess 
what a student learns in their 
religion classes challenges them 
to learn how the real world works. 
It's a part of life to learn those 
new ideas. It's also important to 
re-focus beliefs and mindsets. 
I would encourage students to 
find a spiritual home that suits 
them. Spirituality comes in many 
forms," Carrol says. 

Ultimately, it is the student's 
own spiritual decision on how 
they choose to use or respond to 
knowledge gained in their studies. 

Projects, tons of homework, 
extra-curricular activities, holding 
down a job or two and working 
the social scene are huge time 
consumers in the life of a college 
student. So where is the time to 
practice or learn spirituality? 

"I think time becomes an excuse 
in a lot of ways. I understand 
time constraints prevent one from 
studying their faith through the 
week. However, at Millsaps a 
major effort is made for students 
to actually practice their faith," 
says sophomore Jacob Bennett 
White. "A good example of this is 
when Yom Kippur was observed 
and students were allowed to 
miss class. There are also chapel 
services on campus. " 

Other students have trouble 
finding time to get away from daily 

concerns to indulge in spiritual 
pursuits. "Time for me personally 
is an issue, because when I 
am not in class I am working. 
I actually don't have time for 
any form of organized religion," 
divulges junior Brandon Haynes. 
"Spirituality is internal. Therefore, 
one can be just as spiritual alone 
or when they're lying in bed at 
night as they would if they were 
in church." 

Pastor Steve Smith of First 
Baptist Church in Jackson has 
his own observation. "Obviously, 
I believe every person or student 
has to be balanced spiritually, 
socially and academically. 
Usually, from what I have seen 
and experienced, the spirituality 
part tends to be a low priority 
for some students in college. My 
concern is if spiritual part is not 
a top priority, everything else is 
affected," he says. 

For some students, time 
commitment is not an issue. 
"Generally, we all make time for 
the things we want to make time 
for. We all know that if we really 
want to do something, whether it's 
worship or learn about religion, 
we'll do it," says Jackson. 

Departing from the supervision 
of one's parents and home church 
is widely recognized as the biggest 
transition for new college students. 
This freedom leads some to examine 
how they practice their spirituality 
and what it means to them. 

Laura Pitre, campus Catholic 
minister, gives some insight 
concerning the freedom of college 
students. "The way in which 
independence or freedom affects 
a student's spirituality depends 
on the person," she explains. "If 
you are committed to your faith, 
you will always be committed no 
matter what. College life is good 
because you get to practice your 
spirituality on your own. You 
do it because you want to, not 
because your parents make you. 
This causes one to become strong 
in their beliefs." 

"A student's spirituality is most 
vulnerable in college," asserts 

Earl Wilson, associate pastor 
of Anderson United Methodist 
Church. "They can be negatively 
or positively impacted. What's 
your ' alternative when people are 
drinking at parties and you want 
to have fun in a Christian way. 
This is where a local church or 
campus ministry team comes in 
for students." 

Despite its liberal, party- 
friendly reputation, Millsaps has 
many religious organizations such 
as the Christian Fellowship and 
the Catholic Student Association. 

Independence and freedom can 
also be viewed as positive factors 
that carry college students into 
the challenges of adulthood. 

Father Kent Bowlds of St. 
Richards Catholic Church and 
Holy Family Church in Jackson 
provides a generalization. "College 
students are natural discerners 

and that's a good thing. They ask 
questions and search for deeper 
answers," he says. "This leads 
students to pray for direction to 
make the right decisions in life, 
whether it's choosing a major 
or a career. Generally, college 
students may feel like they are 
losing their spirituality. However, 
they are actually growing hungry 
to practice their own faith and 
strengthen it." 

As human beings, we are 
challenged every day by our 
surroundings to learn and grow. 
So, whatever confusions or 
challene es arise in the career of a 
college student, it's important to 
remember that it's all a part of a 
process that will leave the student 
stronger and more assured in 
their faith, whatever it may turn 
out to be. 





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Hats, jeans, track jackets, oh my 

Becky Lasoski 

News Editor 

Many girls believe that the 
typical Millsaps male simply 
throws on a T-shirt and runs their 
fingers through their hair before 
they head off to class. And, for the 
most part, it seems this is true. 

"I think that a lot of guys wake 
up realizing they have five minutes 
to get ready for class," asserts 
sophomore Michelle Smith. "They 
also realize that the people they 
will see on the way to class and in 
class [are the same people] they 
see everyday, at their best and at 
their worst. So, they feel no need 
to impress them with their fashion 

There are some boys around 
campus, however, that truly care 
about what they wear. They 
may pretend to be macho and 
simply shrug their shoulders at 
compliments on their shirt or jeans 
but, hidden inside their dorm 
rooms, they invest more energy in 
their wardrobe than they let on. 

The style for this fall is the 
lazy retro preppy look, which 
may seem contradictory. How 
can one be lazy and preppy at the 
same time? The answer is easily 
achieved by casual layering and 
touches of details on relatively 

informal clothing. 

This season's color scheme is 
opposite that of the bright shades 
of the spring and the summer. 
Darker colors are favored for 
the fall including such colors as 
mustard yellows, plum purples, 
midnight blues and dark browns. 

"I work at GAP and a lot of the 
shirts I see for guys this season 
have a lot of what are considered 
non-masculine colors paired 
together on sweater-vests and 
button-down shirts, says junior 
Elizabeth Davis. "I like the way 
my boyfriend dresses. He likes the 
simple polo and jeans look. 

Track jackets are huge this 
season and look great layered over 
any T-shirt paired with distressed 
jeans. The fitted Polo shirt is also 
in style. Unlike years past, the shirt 
should be tailored to the body. An 
athletic fit should be preferred 
with this style and can be worn 
over a T-shirt to achieve this lazy 
preppy look. 

The average male Millsaps 
student usually chooses to wear 
New Balance tennis shoes or 
athletic sandals during the fall. 
Oddly enough, old-school sneakers 
actually look best with the retro 
preppy look of the season. Just 
make sure sneakers are relatively 
clean looking in order to make the 
look a little more polished. Loafer 

and moccasin style shoes for guys 
are also make a great casual yet 
refined statement. 

Although Jackson fall weather 
isn't typically described as cold, 
the weather when walking to and 
from class can be chilly. Hats and 
gloves are often necessary to help 
ferry a student through the cool 
morning weather to their 8 a.m. 
Sock caps, toboggans and knitted 
caps continue to be popular 
accessories for guys. 

Junior Paul Bible says, "I 
have this awesome hat that my 
grandmother crocheted for me. It 
keeps my head warm and has a 
cool little ball on top of it. I have 
a scarf also that I haven't broken 
out yet but I plan to." 

The best news for guys this 
season is that the shaggy look in 
regards to hair style is essentially 
in! Guys can actually get away 
with the uncut look during the fall 
season as long as they keep hair 
clean and brushed. The short look 
is in as well; simply choose the 
look that looks the best on you in 
regards to the shape of your face. 
And while stubble is a great look 
for some, do not go overboard and 
let it grow unmanaged on your 
neck. The neck should always be 

Project Midtown provides opporunity 
for Millsaps students to serve Jackson 

Meagan Malone 

Staff Writer 

Most Millsaps students are 
aware of the fact that there is 
a world outside of the gated 
campus, but they certainly can 
forget. It is easy to become 
accustomed to Millsaps' perfectly 
pruned hedges and de-littered 
lawns and focus solely on Bowl 
sitting and Caf dates. Thus, 
Millsaps Campus Ministry Team 
provides an important event that 
helps to open students' eyes to 
ways they can give of themselves 
in Jackson. 

"Project Midtown," says Senior 
CMT member Katie Beth Miksa, 
"is a service project started so 
Millsaps students would be able 
to help in the social and economic 
development of Midtown 

This semester, Project Midtown 
will be held this year on Sat. Nov. 
12 from 8 a.m. to noon. 

"I really like helping out in 
general, and that's why Project 
Midtown is so much fun," 
says junior Penny Bailey, who 
volunteered last year. "I'm not 
always around other people who 
also wanted to help so much. 
'Whatever you want us to do, 
we'll do it,' that's their attitude." 

Every year on a Saturday in the 
fall and on a Friday in the spring 
students meet at one campus 
location and then different groups 

go to various locations to serve. 
The idea is to cover all of midtown 
for four hours on that day. 

What exactly will students do 
Saturday? In past years, Bailey 
says she has moved old doors, 
pulled weeds, chopped bushes 

and the list goes on. Despite the 
fact that Millsaps students live 
in the heart of Jackson, Bailey 
believes that it is important 
to experience the heart of the 
community first hand. 

"It's a great volunteer 

opportunity where you get, t,P see 
the midtown as a whole. Being 
in the midtown area is totally 
different because I've grown up 
in the suburbs," Bailey admits. 

Chaplain Lisa Garvin adds, 
"The idea is that we're doing 

photo courtesy of Julia Stewart 

Project Midtown is a favorite philanthropy among campus organizations such as the Chi Omegas, 
who participated in last year's events. 

something, to contribute to the 
community in which we live so 
that we can recognize that the 
area around us has needs." 

Garvin, a Millsaps alumna, 
remembers her experiences with 
Project Midtown as a college 
student and says, "It's great! 
Everybody still seems to enjoy 

Garvin says that this year's 
Saturday volunteer projects will 
involve students working with the 
Bethlehem Center, Keep Jackson 
Beautiful, Salvation Army and 
the Habitat for Humanity build in 
conjunction with the Else School 
of Business. 

Junior Ashley McPhail, who 
originally joined CMT as a 
freshman and has worked with 
them and Project Midtown for 
the past two years, is a Project 
Midtown task group co-chair. "A 
lot of campus turns out for it," 
she says, "at least 200 [students] ." 
This number is due mainly to 
the fact that "Ellen Trappey e- 
mails sororities and fraternities 
and other organizations around 
campus, and people show up in 
groups ready to help." But anyone 
can participate, as McPhail adds, 
"Everybody should come!" 

Garvin charges the campus 
to refuse to "just sit in your 
ivory towers. Contribute to your 
community!" Saturday will be a 
time to begin. 


Sunday 11/13 I Wednesday 11/16 




•Jackson State Drama Department 
presents "Bourbon at the Border," 
McCoy Auditorium, 7:30 p.m., 
$6, $4 for students 
•College Night @ The Joint 
•High Frequency @ Executive 
Place, 9 p.m. 

Friday 11/11 

•John Royan (New Orleans Jazz 

piano) @ Hal & Mai's, 

8 p.m., free 
•Don Right @ Martin's, 10 p.m. 

•Vicksburg Theatre Guild 
presents "Steel Magnolias" 
@ Parkside Playhouse in 
Vicksburg, 2 p.m. 

•Open-Mic Poetry @ Santiago's, 
9 - 11:30 p.m. 

Monday 11/14 

•Crossroad's Film Society 
presents "The Constant 
Gardener" @ Parkway Place 
Regal Cinema, 7:30 p.m., 
$7, $5 for members 

Saturday 11/12 Tuesday 11/15 

•Greater Belhaven Market on the 
parking lot of the Fortification 
McDade's, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

•Choreorobics Dance-Off Open 
Weekend Challenge @ Lakeland 
Courthouse Racquet and Fitness 

. Club, 3 p.m., free 

•JSU's Margaret Walker 
Alexander program presents 
"Granny Midwives and Their 
Impact/Contribution During 
the Rural Period in African- 
American Medical History," 

VAver Hall. 1 p.m. , 

•Smoke Stack Lighting 
Band @ 930 Blues Cafe, 
8 p.m., $5 

•Karaoke @ Footloose, 
8 p.m. - 12 a.m. 

Thursday 11/17 

»Fondren Unwrapped 
Annual Christmas Part 
in the Historic Fondren 

►"Shadow of a Storm" 
Walter Anderson Art 
Rescue Fundraiser @ 
the Museum of Natural 
Science, 6 - 8 p.m., $25 

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Doing it big in the CaP deli line 

Ben Cain 

Staff Writer 

"Mmmmm," is the first 
thought that comes to mind for 
sophomore Will Benton when the 
Caf' Deli Depot is mentioned. 

Benton, like many Millsaps 
students, visits the deli on a regular 
basis, usually between five to 
seven times per week. He speaks 
particularly highly of our beloved 
sandwich artist Ms. Lillie. In fact, 
Benton unabashedly proclaims, 
"Ms. Lillie is the bomb! She's the 
best thing that has ever happened 
to me." 

Ms. Lillie has been serving her 
sandwiches at Millsaps for 15 
years. "I love the students. I try 
to satisfy everybody, and I like to 
have fun with them," she says. 

Freshman Steven Sarpy 
especially appreciates the effort 
Ms. Lillie makes to interact with 
students, noting, "She makes 
conversation with me every time I 
go through the line." 

Garic Barrosse points out 
her "friendly mannerisms" 
and readiness to make "great 
suggestions on the ingredients for 
the perfect sandwich." 

While Ms. Lillie says that she 
does "quite a few" wraps daily, 
she takes care not to let a busy 
day affect her workmanship. 

"I just love to take my time 

and do the best that I can. I 
want every sandwich I make to 
be neat and tasty, just the way 
I would want mine fixed," she 

Her attention to detail has not 
gone unnoticed by freshman Lorene 
Dodd, who says, "She thoughtfully 
puts meat on the bottom and 
cheese on top so that the cheese 
melts if you grill your wrap." 

Millsaps students are known 
for their culinary creativity, 
and some have taken sandwich 
making to new levels. In her 
15 years at Millsaps, Ms. Lillie 
has seen some interesting 
sandwiches, but she says that the 
strangest creation she has ever 
laid eyes upon was assembled a 
couple of weeks ago by freshman 
Adam Wicks. 

"I just had a dream one day of 
making the greatest wrap known 
to man," says Wicks. 

He brought Ms. Lillie 
ingredients from all over the Caf. 
He brought so much food that 
she actually had no choice but 
to stack two wraps to form what 
could quite possibly be the first 
double-decker wrap sandwich 
ever created. 

"I had never fixed one with 
so many different things on it. 
He had all the meats and all the 
cheeses - he even had a piece of 
pizza on there," exclaims Ms. 

photo by Chelsi West 

Freshman Charlotte Prejean digs the Deli Depot, which has made a celebrity out of Ms. Lillie, the 

line's l 

1 artist during the day. 

Thanks to Ms. Lillie's 
preparation and Wick's ideas, 
he earned full membership in 
"The League of Extraordinary 
Sandwiches," a fledgling student 
group founded by seniors Jesse 
Tucker, Brandon Fontenelle 
and Trey Fleet. Membership is 
open to "all those individuals 

who appreciate extraordinary 
sandwiches," according to its 
Facebook group profile. 

The League currently has nine 
members and spreads sandwich 
making tips such as advising 
aspiring members to "implement 
a maximum number of animals 
on one's sandwich." 

Fontenelle, a biology major, 
says that the group's sandwiches 
are scientifically proven to 
increase facial hair growth by 
139 percent, as well as causing 
hormonal changes empowering 
the body with "general 

Tost Office' Stories returns to Millsaps 

Carter White 

Staff Writer 

"Post Office Stories," an 
English class, is making a return 
to Millsaps during the spring 2006 

"We will be looking at the 
historical phenomenon of 
the modern 
g overnment- - 
run post office 
and its effects 
on interpersonal 
tion," says Dr. 
Hollis Robbins, 
professor of 
English, who will 
teach the course. 

She hopes to 
help give students 
new insights. 
"It's a fun and 
class," she 

The broad title 
of "Post Office 
Stories" doesn't 
really explain 
involved in the 
class though. It 
includes fictional 
letters from the 

beginnings of the post office to the 
emergence today's organization. 

Robbins also takes time to 
examine Thomas Pynchon's 
"The Crying of Lot Forty- Nine," 
a writing about non-government 
postal systems and the idea that 
the government postal system can 
repress communication. 

Even the idea of the postman 
himself is an important one 

surrounding this class, because 
of his role in the transportation of 
the letter. Robbins takes time in 
her class to examine this character 

the questions, "When you send 
a letter, who does it belong to, 
the sender or the receiver? Can 
someone else do whatever they 

by viewing the movie "The want with your letter? When does 

Postman." it stop being 'your' letter?" 

"Every letter is a function of These questions are part of 

three entities," Robbins explains, a larger concept of personal 

"the sender, receiver and the communication. In today's age of 

entity whose job is to carry it from copyright and ownership, there 

office setting, but also envelops 
the larger idea behind the act of 
writing a letter to someone. Also it 
engages the idea of a government 
post office that represses the things 
that people will communicate to 
each other, because of a lack of 

The class has proven to be a 
hit in the past. One of Robbins' 


photo by Chelsi West 

Dr. Hollis Robbins brings back "The Post Office Stories" to the roster of English classes, offering a look on the history, 
the mystery and the science that is the postal service. 

the sender to the receiver without 
ever caring about it." 

The person transporting the 
letter may have no idea what 
is in the envelope, but only is 
concerned with its delivery. 

The fact that there is a middle- 
man to transport the letter, 
keeping it from being a direct 
transaction, also plays a large part 
in the process. Robbins poses 

can be the question of who has 
ownership of the letter, the sender 
or receiver. 

"We'll be looking at 
communication theory as a 
concept, asking questions about 
what it means to communicate in 
writing to someone else," Robbins 

The class serves to not only 
examine texts related to a post 

students even got a tattoo based 
on one of the writings they read in 
the class last year. 

Junior Chris Spear plans to 
take the class next semester. "Dr. 
Robbins always puts an interesting 
spin on her topics," he says. "I'd 
like to see what she does with 
[this class] . 

Don't like what you're reading? 
Want to have your voice heard? 

P&W Staff Meeting 

Mon. Nov. 28 4:30 p.m. 
P&W Office, 3rd floor Student Center 


7 p.m. 

"The Interpreter" 
9:30 p.m. 
"Men of Honor" 
1 1:30 p.m. 
"Planes.Trains, and 

Friday I l/l I 

1:30 a.m., 4 p.m., 10:30 p.m. 
"The Interpreter" 
12 p.m., 6:30 p.m. 
"Men of Honor" 
2 p.m., 8:30 p.m. 
"Planes.Trains, and 

Saturday 11/12 

1 a.m.,4:30 p.m. 

"Men of Honor" 
12 p.m., 6:30 p.m. 

"Planes.Trains, and 


2 p.m., 8:30 p.m. 
"The Interpreter 

Sunday 1 1/13 

12 a.m., 3 p.m. 

"Men of Honor" 
2 a.m., 6 p.m. 

"Planes.Trains, and 

1 2 p.m., 9 p.m. 

"The Interpreter" 

Monday 1 1/14 

12 a.m.,9:30 p.m. 

"Men of Honor" 
2 a.m., 1 1:30 p.m. 

"Planes.Trains, and 

7 p.m. 

"The Interpreter" 

Tuesday 11/15 

1 :30 a.m. 

"The Interpreter" 
7 p.m. 

"Men of Honor" 
9 p.m. 

"Saving Private Ryan" 

Wendesday 11/16 

12 a.m., 10 p.m. 
"The Interpreter" 
2:30 a.m. 

'Men of Honor" 
7 p.m. 
'Saving Private Ryan" 

GE 8 • THURSDAY, November 10, 200S • THE P&W 


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Contact Sports Editor Ashley Wilbourn, (601) 974-121! oi 

Majors win Homecoming game on last minute field goal 

Tyler O'Hara 

Staff Writer 

It took 60 minutes of football, 
but the Millsaps Majors emerged 
victorious over Rhodes College, 30- 

The Homecoming game for 
Millsaps was an up and down affair 
with big plays, near misses and 
high tension. 

The Majors found themselves 
nine points down in the game's 
final quarter, but the team rallied. 
Junior Tyson Roy's touchdown run 
in the fourth quarter brought the 
Majors to within two points, 27-29. 
After a strong defensive stop, the 
offense took the field with just over 
six minutes to go and one more 
chance to win. 

With the drive stalling, freshman 
wide receiver Matt Foisy reeled in a one- 
handed catch to keep the drive alive. 
Foisy had four catches for 81 yards and 
two touchdowns in the game. 

After the reception, the Majors 
continued to drive down the field 
and won the game when freshman 
place kicker D.J. Mello, kicked a 31- 
yard field goal from the right hash 
mark was on target for the go- 
ahead score. 

Head coach David Saunders 
barely flinched as the field goal unit 
hit the field. "We knew if we got the 
ball in range that he'd kick it 

Photo by Jason Jarin 

Freshman quarterback Juan Joseph made his first start for the Majors on Saturday against Rhodes 
College. Joseph led the Majors to a victory, going 21-30 with 282 yards and zero interceptions. 

through," says Saunders. 

Rhodes had one last opportunity 
to score, but the Majors defense 
stopped the threat. Once Rhodes 
crossed mid-field, the defense dug 
in for one final stand. After Rhodes' 
sophomore quarterback Mark 
Oliver threw a fourth down incom- 
pletion, the Lynx were forced to 
turn the ball back over to the 

Majors with 20 seconds left. 

After giving up 29 first-half 
points, the Majors thwarted two 
red-zone drives and did not allow a 
single second-half point. 

The defensive effort was led by 
junior linebacker Emmitt Johnson, 
who had 13 tackles. Millsaps' 
defense continually shut down any 
momentum Rhodes tried to mount 

and collected three, second half 

Freshman Michael Sims' inter- 
ception set up Tyson Roy's touch- 
down run. 

"The interceptions gave our 
defense confidence that we could 
make plays," insists Coach 

This was the final home game 

the emotion with which the team 
played, might have implied that it 
was the final game of their lives. 

"The seniors deserved it because 
it was their last home game and 
they deserved to have a win," notes 
sophomore defensive lineman 
Jacob White. 

Despite all the nerves and emo- 
tion surrounding the game, 
Millsaps' freshman quarterback 
Juan Joseph was able to keep his 
cool. The freshman experienced the 
jitters and mistakes that go with 
making one's first start in a big 
game, but Joseph completed 21 of 
his 30 passes, for 282 yards and two 
touchdowns. He completed passes 
to eight receivers, most notably 
Foisy and fellow freshman wide-out 
Eric McCarty, who caught six pass- 
es for 70 yards. 

With the help of the offensive 
line, sophomore running back 
Tyson Roy gashed the Lynx defense 
for 128 yards and a touchdown. 
Sophomore fullback Neil Woodall 
also added a touchdown run for the 

White adds, "I think the win 
shows that we have the ability to 
win and now the potential to win in 
the future." 

Saunders agrees, adding, "This 
adds energy to a young football 
team and shows them what we can 
accomplish here." 

Major Calendar 

-Millsaps College at Trinity 


Nov. 12, 1:30 p.m. 

Soccer teams complete season, end with highs, lows 

Last Week's Scores 


W - Rhodes College, 30-29 
(2-6, 1-4) 

Men's Soccer 

L - Oglethorpe University, 
5-0 (6-11-1, 1-8) 

Women's Soccer 

W - Oglethorpe University, 

2- 1 (3-10-1, 1-7-1) 


W - Rust College 3-0 
(13-15, 6-6) 

L - DePauw University 3-1 

(13-16, 6-7) 

L - Sewanee 3-1 

(13-17, 6-8) 

L - Centre College 3-1 

(13-18, 6-9) 

W - Rose Hulman IT 3-0 
(14-18, 7-9) 

W - Oglethorpe University 

3- 0 (15-18, 8-9) 

L - Southwestern University 
| 3-0 (15-19, 8-10) 

"We had a scrimmage against 
Delta State University on 
Nov. 4. That gave us an 
opportunity to see where we 
were. Overall, we did well. I 
saw some good things as well 
as some things we'll be work- 
ing on. We'll be going from an 
outside game to an inside 
game this year, so we'll be 
working on getting the ball 
inside more before the season 

Coach Robin Jeffries, head 
coach, women's basketball 

The Lady Majors are current- 
ly preparing to begin their 
2005-2006 season. Practices 
and scrimmages have 
allowed Jeffries to analyze the 
young team. Millsaps will 
open its season on Nov. 18 at 
the Huntingdon Tournament. 
Their home opener will be 
Nov. 22 against Rust College. 

John Kellogg 

Staff Writer 

Men's Squad 

The Millsaps men's soccer team 
ended its season on Sunday with a 
5-0 loss against the Stormy Petrels 
of Oglethorpe, ranked second in the 

The loss concluded a 6-11-1 (1-8) 

However, the season was full of 
high points, marked with wins 
against Huntingdon, Delta State 
and Rust. The men also tied neigh- 
borhood rival Belhaven and scored 
an impressive goal against nation- 
ally ranked Trinity. 

Their biggest feat came in a 1-0 
overtime victory against 
Southwestern at Southwestern, the 
first in school history. 
Southwestern previously tied 
Trinity, ranked first in the SCAC 
and fourth nationally. 

Coach Lee Johnson remains 
pleased with the progress and ded- 
ication his team has shown 
throughout the season. "With the 

exception of our loss against 
Centre, we were more competitive 
this season," expresses Coach 
Johnson. "We put other teams 
under pressure, and everyone on 
the team pulled their weight." 

The Majors began their season 
with a loss to Washington 
University in St. Louis and a win 
against Rust College, both in a pre- 
season tournament at Rhodes. 
They began conference play against 
Centre on Oct. 7, with a winning 
record of 5-3-1. However, the 
remainder of October marked a 
month of conference play, plagued 
with narrow losses to Sewanee, 
DePauw, Hendrix and Rhodes. 
Wins against Hendrix and Rhodes 
would have potentially lofted the 
Majors to fifth in the conference. 

"The SCAC is obviously a hard 
conference," remarks sophomore 
Oghale Ighoavodha. "All of the 
teams are good. We have some- 
thing to build on though, and we 
will pick up where we left off next 
season. Progress is a slow 

With a hard working and dili- 
gent mind set, the team members 
look forward to next season. The 
men look to make Millsaps soccer a 
force to be reckoned with. 

Women's Squad 

The Lady Majors season ended 
with a 2-1 win against Oglethorpe. 
The win marks the first conference 
victory for the program since 1998. 
It also boosted the team to a ninth 
place finish in conference with a 
record of 3-10-1 (1-7-1). 

Junior Callie Roth boasted a goal 
and assist, while sophomore Megan 
Storm scored the game winner mid- 
way through the second half. 

"That win was a culmination of 
our determination to get over a 
hump," expresses junior defender 
Amanda Paschall. "It marks defi- 
nite progress for the future. 
Everything is coming together; the 
whole team is playing together." 

Adding to their season's confer- 
ence win, the Lady Majors also 
claimed a 3-2 overtime defeat 
against Delta State and a 6-0 victo- 

ry over Louisiana College. The 
ladies' performance peaked in the 
last weeks of the season, beginning 
with a narrow 2-0 loss to confer- 
ence champion DePauw. This 
game was characterized by fresh- 
man goalkeeper Elizabeth Sooby 
making a season high 22 saves, and 
the Lady Majors holding DePauw to 
a 0-0 tie at halftime. 

Oct. 30 saw a 2-2 tie against 
Rhodes, which devastated the Lady 
Lynx shots of winning a conference 
championship. The Lady Majors 
also suffered a close defeat by 
Hendrix, losing 2-0. 

"We've really started to come 
together over the past few weeks," 
reflects Coach Paul Van Hooydonk. 
"At the beginning of the season, 11 
of our 18 players had never played 
in NCAA competition. It took the 
experiences of this season to get us 
where we needed to be". 

Armed with a 20 player roster, 
which includes 10 freshman and 
four goalies, the Lady Majors can 
potentially return all of their play- 
ers, plus recruits for next season. 

Volleyball ends season with wins at final SCAC 

Ashley Wilbourn 

Sports Editor 

The Millsaps volleyball team 
ended its season this past weekend 
at the second cross of the year at 

The weekend saw the Majors 
bring home two 3-0 victories, one 
against Oglethorpe University and 
one against Rose-Hulman IT. 

The team finished the year with 
a record of 15-19, 8-10 in the SCAC. 
Their record gives Millsaps a sixth 

place finish in the conference. 

Senior Ashley Weber remarks, 
"This year we started to build a tra- 
dition. We had our ups and downs, 
but all in all we competed." 

The volleyball team struggled at 
the beginning of their season, los- 
ing seven of its initial eight games. 

Hurricane Katrina postponed the 
beginning of the season for the 
team and eliminated many of their 
previously planned practices. This 
forced the Lady Majors to begin the 
year with SCAC play rather than 
having the opportunity to prepare 

for their season against non-confer- 
ence opponents. 

Mid-season the team was able to 
turn things around, bringing their 
record to an 11-10 mark, beating 
key opponents such as Hendrix 
College, Centre College and Rust 
College. As the season drew to a 
close, Millsaps stabilized its play 
before finishing the year ranked in 
the middle of the SCAC. 

Millsaps also had to adjust to a 
new coaching staff. 

Weber comments, "It was a huge 
change. Number one, the transition 

from a female coach to a male 
coach was a huge difference. Also, 
Coach Linebarger brought a lot of 
structure to our program. Our team 
adjusted to new policy and new 
defenses and offenses." 

For the season, Cassidy Baker, 
Liz Blanche, Weber and Colleen 
Kelly were stand out players for 
Millsaps. Coach Linebarger will 
graduate three seniors in 2006 and 
will now focus on recruiting to con- 
tinue to strengthen the volleyball 

Major Soccer Athlete 

m Biography 
Name: Oghale Ighoavodha 
Class: Sophomore 
Height: 6'2" 
Weight: Fat 

Hometown: Jackson, Miss. 

Major: Math and Civil 

Future Plans: Yale Law School 

Phuio by Jason Jarin 

Oghale Ighoavodha 


Food: Fu-Fu 

Caf food: Chicken Tenders 
Drink: Powerade 
Restaurant: Chili's 
Professor: Ms. Dance 
Book: "Nigeria" 

Movie: "The Godfather" Triology 
TV Show: "Law & Order: SVU" 
Band: Boys II Men 
Sport to Watch: Basketball 
Sport to Play: FIFA Soccer 2006 

Ighoavodha and the Millsaps Majors soccer team finished their season on Nov. 6 against 
Oglethorpe University, losing 5-0. The team finished the season with a 6-11-1 record, 1-8 

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Displaced students face decision 
to remain at or leave Millsaps 

Rob Stephens 

Staff Writer 

The end of the fall semester 
means more than just vacation to 
some Millsaps students. For the 
many Hurricane Katrina transfer 
students, the conclusion of this 
term marks a decision to either 
return to their original college 
or university or stay at Millsaps. 
While many of these students are 
returning to their schools next 
semester, some have also decided 
to stay here. 

Amy Collins is a sophomore 
who transferred to Millsaps from 
Tulane because of Hurricane 
Katrina. "I came to Millsaps this 
semester because my sister goes 
here, and because I thought it 
would be easier to make friends 
at a small college than at a larger 
one," says Collins. 

Although Collins has enjoyed 
her time at Millsaps, she admits 
that she is eager to get back to 
New Orleans. She says that the 
damage in New Orleans really 
upset her. "I went back to New 

Orleans a few weeks ago and saw 
all the damage; it made me really 
want to go back so that I can help 
out the community there. " Collins 
volunteers at the EMT at Tulane 
Hospital in New Orleans and feels 
that she can really be of service to 
her community when she returns 

Both Tulane and Loyola 
Universities are planning to resume 
classes in January. According 
to the Associated Press, Tulane 
officials say only about 100 of the 
school's 13,000 students say they 
do not plan on returning. Officials 
from Xavier say about ten of the 
school's approximately 4,100 
students will not be returning. 

Tulane, Xavier, Dillard and 
Loyola universities are working 
together to support the efforts to 
resume classes in January. The 
four institutions have decided 
to allow Xavier and Dillard to 
hold classes this spring on the 
campuses of Tulane and Loyola 
universities, as well as to share 
meeting and administrative space 
among the four schools. 

Senior transfer student Alex 
Bosworth's decision to leave or 
remain at Millsaps is affected by 
a unique circumstance. Bosworth 
attended Millsaps during her 
freshman and sophomore years, 
and then transferred to Loyola. 
When the hurricane came, it made 
sense to Bosworth to come back 
to Millsaps. "I attended [Millsaps] 
previously and really enjoyed my 
time here," says Bosworth. 

Bosworth has decided to 
graduate from Millsaps, and she 
is happy about her decision. "I've 
readjusted to Millsaps and I feel 
happier here than I did at Loyola," 
Bosworth says. 

Although she "left [Millsaps] 
under unfortunate circumstances 
and came back under unfortunate 
circumstances," Bosworth feels 
that she is "really getting to 
appreciate Millsaps. I feel like I 
have a family here." Bosworth 
greatly appreciated having some 
kind of home to come back to 
after her New Orleans home was 

Displaced continued on page 3 

Senators Serve 

Photo by Jason Jarin 
SBA senator Emily Bruser served several hot meals last 
night as the Student Body Associaton senate manned the 
dinner lines to give the cafeteria workers a night off. 

Methodist church makes homosexual decision 

Miriam Gray 

Staff miter 

Membership in the United 
Methodist churches should be 
open to anyone, members of the 
Millsaps Community say. 

Millsaps President Frances 
Lucas sent a campus whide e- 
mail that contained a pastoral 
letter from the Council of bishops 
addressing the issue. 

The case involves a pastor's 
decision to deny a man 
membership because he is a 
practicing homosexual. 

"Like almost every person and 

minister I know, I was deeply 
upset by the action. I was greatly 
relieved when the Council of 
Bishops, including our very own 
Mississippi Bishop Hope Ward, 
wrote an opinion against the 
decision and saying that all people 
should be allowed to enjoy church 
membership," says Lucas. 

This decision has caused debate 
within The United Methodist 
Church. Many people are left to 
wonder whether a pastor has 
the right or power to determine 
eligibility of membership. The 
question of discrimination has 
also been raised because of this 

decision. The Methodist Judicial 
Council, by releasing a statement 
concerning the decision, has made 
a major effort to affirm the public 
that the United Methodist Church 
opens their doors to all people. 

Dr. Darby Ray, associate 
professor of religious studies, 
does not believe that this issue is 
not about homosexuality. 

"It reminds me of the days 
when people of color were told, 
'You're not welcome here.' It is 
outrageously arrogant to say you 
know for sure that God doesn't 
love somebody. As a human and a 
follower of Christ, I think it should 

be difficult to deny someone from 
Christian fellowship." 

Lucas affirms that denial of 
membership should not occur 
based on one's sexuality. 

"I personally believe that much 
like slavery was once upheld by 
the church as acceptable and is 
now looked back upon with great 
shame, church leaders will do the 
same with homosexuality. I believe 
there will be a day soon when 
we will be offering deep, sincere 
apologies for discrimination 
against gay people," says Lucas. 

Sophomore Petra Vackova offers 
an opposing view to the church 


"I think the pastor was right, if 
he made his decision based upon 
rules that said he had the right 
do so. This pastor was probably 
thinking of what was best for the 
church and what was best for that 
man. For example, what if he did 
give the man membership and the 
man came to church on a particular 
day when the pastor was preaching 
a message against homosexuality? 
How uncomfortable would that 
be?" asks Vackova. 

Methodists continued on page 3 

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Mega web search engine,, now offers many books on- 
line with scanned pages of select publications available on the 

Catherine Schmidt 

Staff Writer 

Google, a popular search engine 
used for finding resources on the 
World Wide Web, has recently 
launched its latest endeavor, called 
Google Print. Its goal is to make 
digitized books available to the 
public. The company has made 
alliances with several libraries, 
including the libraries of Harvard, 
Stanford, University of Oxford 
and New York Public Library, to 
offer the public with entire texts 
of certain books. Google has also 
teamed up with some publishing 
companies to provide online 
snippets from books based on the 
search words that one uses. 

"This will be one more step in 
the direction of using the Internet 
far more than print sources," 
says Larry Madison, instructional 
services librarian at the Millsaps- 
Wilson Library. "This process has 
been going on for a long time, but 
this will be a huge step in that 

As a result of this new 
endeavor, the Authors Guild and 
the Association of American 
Publishers have both filed lawsuits 
against Google based on copyright 
laws. Google has attempted to 
skirt copyright infringement by 
only offering the full texts of books 
whose copyright have expired. The 

libraries with which Google has 
made agreements provide the full 
texts to books that are out of print 
or in the public domain, which 
includes books published before 
1923. In the searches provided 
by publishing companies, only 
certain snippets from the books 
are available for use, and a link 
appears on the page for various 
options of purchasing a printed 
copy of the book. 

Millsaps Librarian Tom 
Henderson agrees that Google's 
project will affect the way students 
conduct research and utilize the 
library. "Students will probably 
be less likely to make the trip 
across campus to the library or 
to the bookstores around town," 
Henderson says. 

Henderson also presents a 
couple of interesting questions 
pertaining to the digitized book 
search designed by Google: how 
the books will be catalogued and 
how the project will be funded. 

"It may be difficult to wade 
through all the different hits that 
show up for a certain word or 
book," Henderson says. "Also, it 
will be interesting to see how they 
sustain the project economically; 
maybe there will be a lot of pop 
up ads." 

Sophomore Stephen Daume 
believes that the Google book 
search will be extremely helpful 

because "the method of research 
these days is primarily online. 
[Printed] books still dominate as 
primary sources but electronic 
books would make research all 
the more easier. " 

However, Daume thinks that 
maybe only public domain books 
should be provided online. Or 
Daume suggests that if full texts 
are provided, then "maybe you 
should have to be a registered 
user and have limited access. For 
instance, after a certain amount of 
time, like 15 days, your access to a 
certain text will expire. " 

The Millsaps librarians are 
not concerned that the Google 
book search will make the library 
a defunct place. "The library's 
mission is to connect students 
and faculty with the information 
that they need no matter what 
the format," Madison says. "The 
library will continue to be an 
important place because students 
will still come here to meet, study 
and use sources that are not 
available online. " 

Henderson adds, "We would 
hope that students might still find 
the need for the search assistance 
they can get at the library... We 
like to have the information out 
there, whether it's online or in 
print; I just hope students can use 
[the Google book search] without 
being overwhelmed." 

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The Life 

Hello.. .are you 
gonna pass? 
Meet Dr. Kahn 
this week on 
pages 6 and 7. 


Let's get the heck 
out of here. Pre- 
pare for Turkey Day 
on pages 4 and 5. 

PAGE 2 • THURSDAY, November 17, 2005 • THE P&W 

Opinions Editor Sumner Holmes, (6011 974-1211 halmesl@millsap<: 

'Purple & White' confiscations deprive students of valuable publication 

Earlier this month, several members of the student body brought concerns to the "Purple & White" Editorial Board regarding the alleged confiscation of some of our recent issues by 
College staff members. Over the past few weekends, Millsaps has seen many visitors, such as trustees, prospective students, alumni and student family members. These events and vis- 
its have coincided with our paper's coverage of such sensitive issues as interfraternal fighting and homosexual dating. 

This would be the ultimate formula for "P&W" confiscation. It has happened in the past, but until there is more evidence, the "P&W" cannot take a stand on these particular allega- 
tions. Staff members in the Division of Student Life have calmed any concerns regarding their involvement in "P&W" removals. The Office of Admissions also steers away from remov- 
ing our publication. No other departments were named as possible culprits in the act. 

Private colleges do not fall under the same First Amendment rights that public colleges fall under (the Supreme Court ruled on this). Millsaps, however, has instituted a policy that pro- 
tects the "P&W" from quick confiscations by any person, group, office or organization (other than the President). Any party who wishes to have the paper taken up has to file a com- 
plaint with the Publications Board The Division of Student Life has been very supportive of this policy, as well as the newspaper itself. 

We acknowledge that our paper has covered some controversial topics lately, and we understand the role that any student newspaper plays in marketing a school. At no point, howev- 
er is it acceptable for any College office to attempt to whitewash over the content of the "P&W" in an effort to assuage "bad press." To do so does a grave disservice to our staff waters 
(who receive no compensation) and our Editorial Board members (who do), in addition to depriving our student body (whose fees fund our operations) access to "the truth." 

Though the reports of these recent confiscations could be mere student rumor, anyone who has knowledge about such events is encouraged to contact us. We advise anyone who has 
a problem with the "Purple & White" to follow the official process before confiscating the paper on your own. 

In judgment of the 
Judicial Activist label 

Eric Sumrall 


With all of the new faces that will be on the Supreme Court in the com- 
ing months, you have been and will continue to be assailed with the con- 
cept of "judicial activism." There are, in general, two schools of thought 
concerning laws that govern subjects not mentioned specifically by the 
Constitution. Those schools of thought are originalism and "Living 
Constitution." The phrase "judicial activism" is often used as a detrimen- 
tal label for those who are followers of the "Living Constitution" school of 
thought. Before I discuss the validity of this label, I would first like to 
briefly describe the philosophies of each school of thought. 


Originalists believe that they should adhere strictly to the text of the 
Constitution and the intent of its framers. They believe it is their job to 
decide what the Constitution, does say, not what it ought to say. They 
believe it is the job of Congress to decide what the Constitution ought to 
say by creating and passing laws. If the standards of any aspect of America 
change, the Congress, with elections every two years in the House and 
every six years in the Senate, will be a better representation of the views 

of Americans than the nine Supreme Court justices. 

"Living Constitution" 

Followers of this philosophy point out there would have to be hundreds 
or thousands of constitutional amendments to cover thousands of differ- 
ent things that did not exist when the Constitution was created. Things 
such as cars, the Internet and doctor-directed abortion. To accommodate 
these changes, there would have to be a new batch of constitutional 
amendments every year. Voting on all these amendments would involve 
millions of dollars in media campaigns financed by special interests. 
People with little or no understanding of the law would make their deci- 
sions based on TV ads. On the other hand, the people can leave the job of 
handling the living Constitution to experts who study and understand the 
law and its nuances and are rigorously screened before ascending to the 
Supreme Court. 

I now return to my original purpose. Is this "judicial activist" labeling 
accurate? Let me begin by explaining what I think "activism" means. 
Simply put, striking down a law is an "activist" action. Allowing a law to 
remain a law, although a judge may have had to decide the 
Constitutionality of the law, means the judge has technically done noth- 
ing. So, of recent Supreme Court members who has voted to strike down 
the most laws? Paul Gewirtz, a professor at Yale Law School, and Chad 
Golder, a recent graduate of the same school, counted how many times 
each Supreme Court Justice voted, whether part of the majority or minor- 
ity in a decision, to strike down a law. They used this data to calculate at 
what percentage each justice votes to strike down laws or how "activist" 
he or she is. The following data was taken from an article written by the 
aforementioned people in "The New York Times:" 

Thomas 65.63 %, Kennedy 64.06 %, Scalia 56.25 %, Rehnquist 46.88 
%, O'Connor 46.77 %, Souter 42.19 %, Stevens 39.34 %, Ginsburg 39.06 
%, Breyer 28.13 % . 

According to the data, three of the top four most "activist" justices are 
originalists (Kennedy is the exception) . Again we learn that public percep- 
tion is just that: perception, not reality. 

Keep both hands on that 
computer mouse 

Michael Franklin 

Our liberal arts school should question and debate the basis of all types 
of art, and unfortunately for the narrow-minded, pornography is a revered 
form of art. The depiction of the human body or human sexual behavior 
for the purpose of sexual arousal is the typical definition of pornography. 

The reason pornography is objected to deals with the religious majori- 
ty favoring sex solely being used for procreation. If this is the case, why is 
pornography considered a problem in many Christian homes? What drives 
us to look at two people having sex? Why can humans not keep from star- 
ing at car wrecks and sexual acts? Maybe it is the chance to see the unseen 
of unimaginable. 

According to statistics presented by the website "," 
the pornography industry is worth $60 billion worldwide. The United 
States is responsible for one-fifth of that business. Similarly, the American 
pornography business exceeds the combined revenues of television com- 
panies ABC, CBS and NBC. And one-quarter of all Internet searches deal 
with pornographic material. Indeed, the pursuit of sex is part of human 

The types of pornography sought after most are the scripted varities, 

such as the films "Glad-he-ate-her" and "Demolition Women" and web- 
sites such as "" or "" The movies mentioned 
are parodies of actual movies, "Gladiator" and "Demolition Men," and the 
websites are suggestive of other situational fantasies. Obviously these 
types of entertainment are targeted to the male audiences, who would like 
to imagine themselves, after winning in the Coliseum, participating in an 
orgy that would make Bacchus blush. Porn targeted to the male audience 
typically follows a pattern dealing with conquest and assurance of domi- 
nance. More so than movies, websites fulfill more everyday fantasies. The 
websites mentioned above deal with normal guys convincing gorgeous 
women to have sex with them on camera. Certainly the idea presented on 
"," that guys can ride around in a van soliciting sex in 
exchange for money, biblically laying with someone, and then not fulfill- 
ing their end of the bargain, probably appeals to most men. Still, as a guy, 
I can say that we enjoy porn more as humor and entertainment than as 

Pornography usage is not limited to one sex. Thirty percent of individ- 
uals accessing porn are women. When I read this information I was not 
surprised. Clearly women are sexual beings too. The statement I was 
shocked at reading was that men are more likely to use porn as an outlet 
for fantasy, whereas females have a higher tendency to engage in fantas- 
tical experiences such as having multiple partners and engaging in affairs. 
I will admit that this statement probably reflects the comparative creative 
abilities between the sexes. Men are relatively lazier than women and 
would rather fantasy be provided, whereas women are more apt to want 
specific desires satisfied. Women need more elaborate schemes and sto- 
ries, whereas men just need a figurative "extra hand" in getting off. 
Unquestionably, this is the reason romance novels are more easily market- 
ed to women rather than men. A woman's imagination is the canvas on 
which the romance novel is written. 

What I am getting around to is that both men and women participate 
in the usage of pornography. Both men and women use porn as a means 
of replacing each other. However, men seek porn for entertainment, 
whereas women use porn as an escape from a less than fulfilling sex life. 
We all have sexual desires, and pornography serves as an outlet to fulfill 
these desires and thereby not interfering with the rights of others. 


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What? I didn't know 
gay people can't go 
to church. 

Uh... should 
football players be 
allowed to eat meat? 

Yes. The church's 
doors should be open 

Austin Tooley, 

Jonathan Webb, 

Ben Tillman, 

Photos by Jason Jarin 

Yes. The church is 
for ever 

Yes, because 
what would buddy 
Christ say? 

Yes. Jesus loves 
the queers, too. 

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Yucatan Campus survives hurricane without damage 

Candice Fisher 

Staff Writer 

Students recently received an 
intriguing e-mail in regards to the 
well-being of Millsaps' 'Yucatan 
Campus' after Hurricane Wilma 
hit that area in late October. 
Before receiving the news that the 
campus sustained little damage 
from the hurricane, some feared 
that study-abroad program may 
have to be cancelled for the year. 
"I had hoped the campus hadn't 
received any damage," says 
freshman Erica Douglas. "I have 
heard about the trip and would 
love to go one year. " 

Dr. George Bey, associate dean 
of sciences, has been in contact 
with Dr. John Hayden from the 
University of Richmond to check 
on the conditions of the campus 
after the storm. Dr. Hayden assures 
that, "Hurricane Wilma wasn't too 
much trouble. We had about five 
days of showery, blustery weather, 
but it did not slow us down too 
much. The biggest scare was a big 
old fer-de-lance that I encountered 
out on the Xkobenhaltun-Yaxachen 
road one rainy evening. There 
were also lots of puma tracks in 
the mud." 

In response to this news, Dr. 
Bey says "[It] sounds like things 
are normal down there!" 

English professor Dr. Eric Griffin 

also assures that, "While the 
Cancun area sustained damage, 
all other items on the itinerary are 
fine." The forest, research center 
and learning center all survived 
the storm with little to no damage, 
so the ecosystem in the area is 

The connection with the local 
animals is normal for the campus. 
The puma tracks found in the 
mud provided interesting study 
for those at the campus. After 
the storm, photos were taken of 
the area, and it was decided that 
the tracks belonged to both adult 
and young pumas. The tracks 
were found outside of the gate 
that surrounds Kiuic, which is the 
archeological site that is within 
the preserve. Hayden analyzed the 
tracks and decided that the pumas 
roaming the area were hunting 
for deer. These close ties with the 
local wildlife add to the experience 
of studying in the Yucatan. 

The trip is offered twice every 
year. The business school hosts a 
term at the Yucatan campus during 
winter break. From late May to 
early June, programs are offered 
for students. The science and 
humanities departments alternate 
summers to utilize the campus. A 
variety of majors can receive credit 
through the program. During a 
science term, credit for related 
courses is available. 

According to Griffin, who 

goes on the trip every other 
year, "During a humanities term, 
credit is offered to majors such 
as education, english, history, 
sociology/anthropology, political 

journal, we also read literature and 
other diaries of people who 
had been there a hundred years 
before us. It was not uncommon to 
do your class reading in the exact 

Photo courtesy of Dr. George Bey 
Hurricane Wilma raised concerns about the Millsaps Yucatan campus. 
The campus was undamaged, and wildlife also remained relatively unaf- 
fected, as seen by these puma tracks found on the grounds. 

science, and european studies. If 
a student's major is not included, 
he or she can petition for credit." 

The humanities courses can 
be beneficial to most any major. 
Senior Ashley Schettler explains, 
"Another incredible aspect of the 
program was taking the humanities 
class offered while I was there. 
In addition to keeping a travel 

spot that it was written, whether 
it was at the ruins or at one of the 
old haciendas." 

Many students of varying 
majors either have gone or plan 
to go to the Yucatan campus for a 
summer program. Erica Douglas, 
a freshman Spanish major and 
biology minor, is very interested 
in one day studying at Kaxil Kiuic 

at the Helen Moyers Biocultural 
Reserve. "I think it would be a 
wonderful experience. It would be 
beneficial in ways other than just 
improving my Spanish skills. It 
would give me experience in the 
science field. Forming relationships 
and studying abroad will broaden 
my sense of understanding in 
many ways." 

Senior Ashley Schettler went 
on the trip a few years back. 
"The Yucatan was one of my very 
favorite college experiences," 
says Schettler. "One of the best 
parts was the flexibility of 'class 
times.' There was such a variety 
of experiences too. We did 
everything from staying at Rancho 
San Miguel, a traditional Mexican 
farm, to partying in Cancun for a 
night, to staying at a ecotourism 
hotel at Akumal, to touring the city 
of Merida, to charting the growth 
of trees in a tropical rainforest, to 
snorkeling with turtles and other 
tropical fish, to taking Mayan 
language classes with elementary 
school children. " 

There is an informational 
meeting concerning the trip on 
Thurs., Nov. 17. Anyone interested 
in going should contact either Dr. 
Bey or Dr. Griffin as well as attend 
the meeting. The humanities trip 
will run from late May to early 
June 2006, while the Business 
program occurs over Christmas 

continued from page 1 

Although a statement of 
affirmation has been issued to 
ease any possible tensions, the 
Judicial Council's ruling to uphold 
the pastor's decision stands. Lisa 
Garvin, campus chaplain and 
ordained Methodist minister, 
provides some background of the 
United Methodist Church laws. 

"The United Methodist Church's 
law structure is similar to that of 
the American government. The 
Judicial Council is like the Supreme 
Court, because it is the highest 
authority and it also has nine 
members. The lower courts consist 
of superintendents, and pastors 
answer to superintendents," says 

"According to the United 
Methodist Church's official 
website, 'The Book of Discipline' 
is the book of law of the United 
Methodist Church that covers 
nearly every aspect of church 
governance. The Judicial Council 
ruled that paragraph 217 of the 
'2004 Discipline' invests discretion 
in the pastor-in-charge to make 
the determination of a person's 

"This ruling reversed the 
initial ruling by Bishop Charlene 

P. Kammerer to grant the man 
membership. The Virginia Annual 
Conference will appeal this 
decision," explains Garvin. 

Garvin is referring to the 
passage in the '2004 Discipline' 
that contradicts the pastor's 
decision. This passage is explicit 
in its content and reads as follows: 
"God's grace is available to all, 
and we will seek to live together in 
Christian community. We implore 
families and churches not to 
reject or condemn lesbian and gay 
members and friends. We commit 
ourselves to be in ministry for 
and with all persons," (Paragraph 
161g, 2004 Book of Discipline of 
the United Methodist Church). 

Dr. Loye Ashton of the religious 
studies department, an ordained 
deacon in the United Methodist 
Church, voices his concerns over 
the decision. 

"This reflects the United 
Methodist Church quite poorly. 
It is absurd to work to portray a 
public image of 'Open Minds, 
Open Hearts, Open Doors,' which 
I whole-heartedly support, and 
then generate this kind of policy 
that is the anti-thesis of hospitality. 
The church can hardly afford to 

continue to reinforce its reputation 
of hypocrisy," says Ashton. 

Ashton stresses the importance 
of the statement issued by the 

"I hope that the United 
Methodists throughout the church 
have a chance to fea'd the letter 
so that they can see that the 
Judicial Council's decision is not 
supported by a majority of the 
United Methodist episcopacy. 

"The big picture at hand is, 
as a church, are we following 
the Gospel and living lives 
of generosity, forgiveness, 
compassion, equality, hospitality, 
kindness, and non-violence? 
Judicial Council decisions like 
these indicate that we have fallen 
far short of the mark. Just as our 
ancestors in the faith stand under 
the judgment of God and history 
for the Crusades, the Inquisition, 
the pogroms against the Jews, 
colonialism, slavery, and resisting 
civil rights, so too our generation 
will be judged by descendents on 
the issue of homosexuality and our 
corporate reluctance to 'do justice' 
(Micah 6) with respect to our gay 
and lesbian brothers and sisters in 
Christ," declares Ashton. 

Freshman Emily Stewart also 
has difficulties accepting the 
Council's decision. 

"It's a very complex situation. 
It's very arrogant and almost 
sacrilegious to deny someone 
the opportunity to worship God. 
God's not there for one person. 
He's there for everybody," says 

Garvin admits she has a 
problem with this decision as a 
Methodist minister. "The biggest 
problem I have with it is that it 
gives a lot of unchecked power to 
a senior pastor of a congregation. 
This could lead to something else. 
For example, what if I was the 
pastor of a predominately white 
church and a black person wanted 
to join? However, I alone felt that 
the congregation wasn't ready to 
have a black member and decided 
to deny this person membership. 

"There should be some form 
of balance and accountability. 
I am not sure I believe someone 
should have the responsibility of 
deciding membership unless it 
is that person who is taking the 
vows of membership. I do have a 
responsibility as a pastor to counsel 
people and help them determine 

their readiness for membership, 
but I cannot determine it for 
them," says Garvin. 

Garvin suggests a possible 
solution would be to add 
sexual orientation to the non- 
discriminatory list in Paragraph 
four, Article four of the United 
Methodist Church's constitution. 

"I don't know if that will 
happen though. That would mean 
amending the constitution," says 

Despite the situation, the 
United Methodist Church holds 
firm that homosexuality is not 
a barrier for membership. "The 
most important thing for me 
is that the church is open for 
everyone. The church should be 
a hospitable space for everyone 
and a place where all people come 
seeking a relationship with Christ 
and others," says Garvin. 

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Freshman Alex Scharr 
transferred to Millsaps after 
he had only spent one day at 
Loyola. Scharr says that he came 
to Millsaps because "it was my 
second choice and my brother 
comes here." 

Scharr is a music major and 
chose Loyola over Millsaps 
because he likes the music 

program at Loyola better than at 
Millsaps. "I liked the small music 
program [at Millsaps] but I wish 
there were more musicians to play 
with," Scharr admits. 

Scharr plans to go back to 
Loyola next semester, even though 
New Orleans will not be the 
same. "I've already been [to New 
Orleans] and seen what it's going 

to be like; it's not a big shock 
because I'm from Ocean Springs 
and its not much different in New 
Orleans," comments Scharr. 

Allison Leonard is also a 
sophomore transfer from Tulane; 
she is likewise returning to New 
Orleans next semester. She chose 
Millsaps because it was one of 
the first schools to open up to 

transfers from hurricane-affected 
areas. "I miss the sorority life at 
Tulane because I am in a different 
one down there," Leonard says. 
She thinks that "the professors [at 
Millsaps] are a lot more helpful," 
but she "likes the bigger classes 
[at Tulane]." 

Nov. 3: 

Suspicious Person 

At approximately 10:43 a.m., an officer 
received a call from dispatch stating there was 
a suspicious white male standing near the 
elevator in an academic building. The officers 
offered their assistance. He became irate and 
began to shout. He picked up his things (books 
and bags) and reluctantly left the building. His 
vehicle was parked in the Whitworth Circle. His 
tag number did not match the NCIC description 
of the vehicle. The complainant stated that this 
man fits the description of a person that was 
in the Bowl after the Hurricane Katrina storm. 
This person was begging people for money and 

was escorted off campus by Security. 
Nov. 5: 

Medical Emergency 

At approximately 8:39 a.m., an officer received 
a call from dispatch in reference to a 'medical 
emergency' at an academic hall. When he 
arrived, he observed an elderly lady lying on 
the floor, face down, legs twisted and crossed, 
and blood running out of her nose. She was 
in obvious pain, but she was conscious. AMR 
transported her to a nearby medical center. 
Campus Safety was later informed that she 
had broken both legs and her right shoulder. 

Nov. 6: 

Unsafe Driving Practice 

At approximately 1:25 a.m., officers observed 
a vehicle drive across the curb near Ezelle Hall 
and Fraternity Row. The driver was instructed 
to stop, but he drove on up the hill towards 
the KA house and parked sideways in the 
handicapped area. As he exited the vehicle, he 
almost fell down, and he was unable to stand 
up straight. His speech was slurred, and the 
officer could smell alcohol. The officer took his 
car keys and told him that he could get them 
in the morning. 

going on? 

National Model UN 

April 11-15, 2006 
New York City 
Students planning to 
participate need to confirm 
their intention and pay the 
registration fee of $100 by 
Wed., Dec, 7. An additional 
$460 is due by Feb. 27, 
2006. Delegate and school 
fees are $140 and the hotel 
fee is $420; airfare is not 

Drumology Course Offered 

Sat., Nov. 19 
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
The Millsaps Community 
Enrichment Series will 
offer its first drumology 
course. Cost Is $70 plus a 
$2 materials fee payable to 
the instructor. Instructors 
include Charles Wsir 
Johnson, a Touring Musical 
Artist for the Mississippi 
Arts Commission. Come by 
AC 100 to sign up for this 

Program Focus Day 

Fit, Nov. 18, 2005 
The School of Health 
Related Professions at the 
University of Mississippi 
Medical Center. For more 
information contact Brenda 
Nash Jefferson at 601-984- 

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Thanksgiving day has dubious roots 

Kyle Doherty 

Features Editor 

Thanksgiving: most think of 
this day as a time of thanks. . . and 
giving. A time to either spend most 
of the day cooking or watching 
televised football, depending on 
one's gender. A time to reunite 
with family members one might 
not see (or care to see) often. 
What is Thanksgiving, really, 
though? Where did this mysterious 
holiday come from and why do we 
celebrate it as we do? 

History Professor Dr. Kristen 
Tegtmeier Oertel would argue that 
Thanksgiving isn't all that it seems. 
"Most associate Thanksgiving 
with pilgrims, a harvest feast and 
an exchange of cultures through 
food," she says. "In actuality, it 
was Native Americans showing 
generosity to starving colonists." 

According to Oertel, these 
pilgrim colonists were in a 
sorry state of affairs when their 
Amerindian neighbors of the 
Wanpanoag tribe came to the 
rescue. Thinking they were headed 
to the Chesapeake to settle in the 
summer, the hapless lot ended up 
far to the north in Massachusetts 
during the harvest season with a 
harsh winter coming on. 

"They were in the wrong 
place at the wrong time," Oertel 
sums up. 

The professor of social history 
goes on to dispel various other 
mistruths which inundate 
the Thanksgiving mythology. 
"Archaeological evidence shows 
that the Pilgrims and Native 
Americans actually ate eel 
rather than turkey at the original 
Thanksgiving feast along 
with a plethora of other fish," 
Oertel reveals. 

While the thought of red- 
blooded ancestors of Americans 
dining on eel, an Asian delicacy, 

on Thanksgiving may send a chill 
down the spine of many today, the 
hungry pilgrims had little other 
choice but to comply. As shocking 

practice of "stuffing." It may also 
be theorized that pie technology 
had not yet advanced to the level 
of the pumpkin pie at that point 

because it came during the 
harvest and honored hard work," 
tells Oertel. "Days like Christmas 
and Easter seemed too much like 

| Graphic by Jason Jarin 

as this may sound, fans of 
"traditional" Thanksgiving foods 
may be even further dismayed to 
learn that, while corn and other 
indigenous northeastern American 
plants were served, the thin body 
of the eel didn't permit the familiar 

in history. 

Oertel has many possible 
reasons why so many discrepancies 
have arisen between our concept 
of Thanksgiving and the historical 
events. "Thanksgiving is one of the 
only holidays Puritans celebrated 

Papism. " 

Embracing Thanksgiving as a 
purely American holiday could 
also have helped the British 
colonists to form their own 
regional identity. "The turkey is 
much more American than the 

eel, which is more like sushi," 
asserts Oertel. 

As for the name "Thanksgiving, " 
Ms. Gail Buzhardt of the French 
department who teaches an 
IDS course about the American 
colonies sheds light. "It's a 
religious term from the Prayer of 
Thanksgiving," she informs. 

As for the issue of equality 
between the Pilgrims and 
Amerindians, Buzhardt takes 
a more favorable view of the 
colonists' behavior. "From what 
I've read, it was an exchange," 
Buzhardt tells. "I think the Indians 
definitely had more to share, 
but the Pilgrims did what they 

As for what was on the menu 
for this great feast, Buzhardt 
speculates that a variety of 
American dishes such as corn 
pudding ("a dish made from corn 
ground up with sugar, milk and 
possibly eggs - whatever was on 
hand"), wild turkey and venison. 

The idea of eel being the main 
course of the first Thanksgiving 
dinner doesn't appeal to Buzhardt. 
"Eel?!" she questions disgustedly. 
"It really doesn't sound as good." 

Despite this, the lure of real 
American turkey and corn pudding 
leads the French professor not to 
feel that these possible differences 
between Thanksgiving's history 
and its modern conceptions 
diminish the holiday. "I think 
it's a really good holiday," says 
Buzhardt. "It's just family and 
friends together at a feast without 
all the gifts and junk [of other 
holidays such as Christmas]." 

Oertel takes a more sobering 
stance toward the holiday. "The 
popular myth of Thanksgiving 
serves to sooth our guilt," she 
admonishes. "We need to have a 
better awareness of the damage 
Anglo-Americans have inflicted 
upon the Native Americans. " 

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Students return home for happy, 

stressful reunions with family, pals 

Chris Awwad 

Staff Writer 

As Thanksgiving rapidly 
approaches, students are 
becoming excited about the trip 
home to reunite with family and 
friends. Though most students 
traveled home after Hurricane 
Katrina, some didn't have that 
option, so now many students 
are preparing for either their first 
or second trip home this year. As 
they begin to pack to head home, 
students take time to consider 
the adjustments that must be 
made to reenter their homes and 
communities. Unlike summer 
break, Thanksgiving provides a 
much shorter adjustment period 
for students returning home. 

"Summer breaks are a little bit 
too much quality time, but I think 
Thanksgiving should be a nice 
break — it's a good length," says 
junior Monica Reible. 

At first glance, this trip home 
may seem like nothing more than 
a much-needed break from school 
— a break filled with late mornings 
for sleeping in, good food to eat, 
football games to watch and time 
to spend with friends and family. 
However, many students don't 
realize some of the struggles that 
await them at home. 

Whether they realize it or not, 
students have changed since 
they came to school in August, 
and so have their families and 
communities. Most students and 
parents aren't aware of these 
changes, and they could be 
surprised or unhappy with the 

" Students expect home to remain 
the same," says Dr. Janis Booth, 
director of counseling services. 
"Change can be unnerving." 

With new found independence 
and privacy, many freshmen could 
find themselves overwhelmed 
when they are once again at 
home with parents, siblings and 
possibly extended family. From 






Graphic by Jason farin 

After fall break fell through due to Katrina, students find themselves more than ready for their first Thanksgiving after the 

lack of personal space to the 
reinforcement of some recently 
escaped rules, students coi|ld feel 
smothered and controlled. 

With a bit of preparation and 
effective communication, however, 
both students and their families 
can begin their holiday season 
happily. "Communicating to work 
out a compromise is the' most 
important thing," Booth advises. 

Many students consider only 
the things they miss about home 

— the good things — while 
possibly forgetting some of the 
negative attributes of home life 
as they begin to think about 
returning. Students should take 
time to prepare themselves for the 
trip home and what it might entail. 

"Things will feel different. It 
will require some adjustment," 
warns Booth. 

In addition to more subtle 
changes to home environments, 
many students will also experience 

changes caused by Hurricane 
Katrina. Some will even be going 
to different homes than the ones 
they left. 

Even those whose homes 
weren't directly affected by Katrina 
will feel some of the indirect 
effects like higher populations in 
their towns, or extended family 
members sharing their homes. 

"Personally, going home means 
dealing with all of the problems 
Katrina left," says freshman David 

Butler from Baton Rouge. Students 
like Butler are sure to have lots of 
adjustments to make. 

Regardless of the stress of 
returning home for Thanksgiving, 
students are advised to be thankful 
for the friends and family they 
have to return to. 

"Spend time together talking 
about past memories," says 
Booth, "and work on creating 
new ones." 

Football: It's time for Thanksgiving dessert! 

Chelsi West 

The Life Editor 

Photo by Jason Jarin 

Football is once again poised to take the spotlight away from turkeys and cobblers this 
thanksgiving, as college games come in full swing this coming holiday season 

The turkey and dressing is all 
gone, the pitcher of sweetened tea 
is already empty and the cranberry 
sauce has been scraped from the 
bowls. There's only one thing left 
to do: enjoy the dessert. No, it's 
not cobbler or pie that's being 
served - instead, it's football. 

For many Millsaps students, 
there's a certain art to enjoying 
football on Thanksgiving day. 
Whether it's at the college or 
professional level, there is a 
particular format for watching 
the game. 

"You have to make the turkey 
sandwich with a piece of bread 
in the middle, the moist-maker," 
says junior Daniel Rice. "I always 
eat it during the game." 

Along with the format, there 
must also be decisions about 
which game to watch. When it 
comes to Thanksgiving football, 
there's always the debate of 
which is better, the college games 
or the NFL. 

"I like college football because 
there's more passion for the game, " 
asserts senior Justin LeBlanc. 

Some students, however, feel 
that the college game is losing its 
touch. "The [games] suck now 
because all the rivalry games are 
gone, " Rice laments. 

For those of us going home 
for the holidays, many will be 
crowded around the television 
with their families, perhaps even 
cheering for opposite teams. In 
some homes, football is just a 
family affair. 

"A ritual in my family is 
watching the Egg Bowl every 
year," says freshman Caroline 


When it comes to the Egg 
Bowl (the annual football battle 
between Mississippi State and 
Ole Miss recemty moved from 
Thanksgiving day) , freshman 
Michael Simms considers himself 
an expert. "I usually go to the 
game and cheer for Ole Miss," 
he says. "I hate Miss. State with 
a passion." 

For Simms, college football on 
Thanksgiving has always been a 
tradition. "We all go to the game 
and then we come back to the 
house, the family and friends 
from the neighborhood, and we 
eat the leftover food," he says. 

"In high school, we used to 
have fans for both Mississippi 
State and Ole Miss, and when we 
would come back from the break, 
we would divide the classrooms 
down the middle, Ole Miss on one 
side and State on the other," tells 
Simms. "Whichever team won 
would get bragging rights." 

LeBlanc, who plays basketball 
for Millsaps, says that he'll be 
watching Thanksgiving football 
while he's on campus during the 
break. "I'll be here and there's 
nothing else to do," says LeBlanc. 

If for no other reason at all, 
some students find it interesting 
to watch football on Thanksgiving 
just because of the special 
trophy given at the end of 
professional games. 

"The best part of the game is 
John Madden's freakish turkey 
because it has like eight legs," 
says Rice. 

Spider turkey or not, 
football will always be an 
indelible part of the American 
Thanksgiving experience. 



Cody Stockstill 
Layout Editor 

Giant mazes, dragons, 
mermaids, magic, love and a 
really, really evil dude bent on 
taking over the world — it all 
sounds like a great epic you 
were required to read in high 
school, but no. It is just the 
latest installment of the "Harry 
Potter" movie series based 
on the popular books by J.K. 
Rowling. The fourth movie in 
the series, "Harry Potter and 
the Goblet of Fire," is due out 
tomorrow in theaters, but you 
can bet that there will be a full 
house at the midnight previews 
around the country tonight. 

Last year's "Harry Potter and 
the Prisoner of Azkaban" left 
fans a little disappointed with 
Hollywood. Many complained 
they simply left too much 
out from the book. This time 
around, the producers went in 
a different direction and chose 
Mike Newell, who is best 
known for his character driven 
films such as "Four Weddings 
and a Funeral." I will admit 
that I was a little on ease 
when I heard that Newell was 
set to direct, because he has 
never really done an "effects 
movie." After seeing the first 
trailer for "Goblet," however, 
I immediately shut my mouth 
and my expectations went 
through the roof. It looked 
simply amazing! It looked like 
a real movie, and it looks to 
have finally caught the dark 
essence of the book. 

In the fourth book, Harry 
is entered into the Tri-Wizard 
competition that is to take 
place at Hogwarts. Harry 
must compete against two 
other wizarding schools' 
representatives in three 
daunting and dangerous tasks. 
While having to deal with the 
competition, Harry also must 
deal with Lord Voldemort's 
rising power and supporters 
and the every day trails 
and tribulations of being a 

One thing that everyone can 
agree on is that these "Harry 
Potter" movies are no ordinary 
films. Where else can a 20 year 
olds stand in line next to a 10 
year old dressed like a wizard 
and it be considered normal 
(and legal in some states)? 
There are very few movies 
where people can expect 
these types of things to occur. 
"Star Wars" and "Lord of the 
Rings" are two of the more 
prominent examples. When 
you are standing in line for 
those 30 minutes before the 
theater doors open, energy and 
hype are present among the 
people. Everyone, male and 
female, teenager and adult, 
is literally psyched to see the 
film. This energy makes for a 
great experience. This energy 
and love of literature is why 
the film "Harry Potter and the 
Goblet of Fire" is the best of 
the week. 

The Life 

Camta the Ufe Editor. Chelal West. (601 j 974-12] 

SdUS ixJu 

Students stay up all night, 
or maybe just 'til dawn 

Carter White 

Staff Writer 

When it comes to giving 
back to the community and 
serving the world outside of the 
Millsaps community, students 
have various opportunities to get 
involved. Up 'Til Dawn is one 
such organization that continues 
to help those in need, and is 
poised to make another strong 
stand this year. 

This philanthropy attempts to 
raise as much money as it can 
for St. Jude Children's Research 
Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., 
which is involved in research for 
children with cancer and other 

The organization achieves 
its goals through letter writing 
parties that it hosts during the 
fall. Junior Kelly Rasmus, a 
student co-director, states, "We 
write letters to family and friends 
asking for support." 

The letter writing parties 
allow for donations that can be 
connected to every person that 
participates in the process. They 
also allow people from all over to 
donate to the cause. 

Sophomore Cory Williamson 
remarks that "It's an excellent 
program for some great kids and 
families who just need a helping 

After the letter writing parties 
in the fall, there is an Up 'Til Dawn 
Finale in the spring to celebrate. 
This all night celebration is where 
the organization gets its name. 

Last year, the group raised 
over $20,000. How exactly is 
this organization so successful 
in reaching its goals at a small 

school such as Millsaps? Part of 
the reason involves the fact that 
the whole college community can 

However, the group can always 
go above and beyond years 
previous. Senior Katy Benvenutti, 
another student co-director, says, 
"We try to exceed our limit every 
year. " 

Benvenutti also believes that 
involvement in Up 'Til Dawn is 
a good way to get involved and 
meet new people on our campus. 
Rasmus agrees, admitting, "It's a 

lot of fun." 

The organization is far from 
done with its goals for this year. 
Though Up 'Til Dawn has already 
hosted one letter writing party, 
the group plans to host another 
after the Thanksgiving break. 
This means that anybody who 
wants can still become involved 
with this year's efforts. 

Not only can individuals join 
in the cause by writing letters, 
groups can also pledge support 
by putting together teams. These 
teams can then do whatever 

activities they would like to in 
order to raise money. Anyone who 
wants to get involved can contact 
either Rasmus or Benvenutti to 

Hopefully this year will once 
again set a new benchmark for 
those involved with the Up 'Til 
Dawn program. It continues 
to demonstrate the kind of 
community that Millsaps is. "It's a 
great showing of Millsaps students 
coming together and helping 
others," says Williamson. 

Photo by Jason Jarin 

Sophomore Cory Williamson and junior Julia Stewart get ready to stay up 'til dawn as they write 
letters to donors in behalf of the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. 

MCA hosts 'A new beginning on common ground' 

Miriam Gray 

Staff Writer 

The booths will be there. The 
band will be playing; the food 
will be at the tables. Various 
representatives from cultures 
around the world will be present. 
It will be a time to release 
academic stress. So what is it? 

The gathering is in celebration 
of the 13th Annual Multicultural 
Festival is returning to Millsaps 
tomorrow, and students are 
already ecstatic about it. 

"Each year I get excited 
around festival time," exclaims 
senior Wardah Ali. "Last year 
I was in the fashion show 
modeling some Indian clothes. 
The whole concept of the festival 
is important, because there is 
so much beauty in celebrating 
diversity. " 

This year, the Office of 
Multicultural Affairs wants 

to celebrate the many diverse 
aspects of our student body, but 
at the same time, unite all of the 
students. The festival will kick 
off around the 11:30 a.m. lunch 
hour, featuring such events as a 
fashion show, talent show, and, 
back by popular demand, the 
sounds of the band Snazz. 

"I want to see 
everybody at the 
festival having a 
good time. This 
festival is for all 
to enjoy." 

Sherryl Wilburn, 
Director of Multicultural 

The Multicultural Festival is a 
showcase of MCA's year-round 
goal. This goal is to simply 
get members of the Millsaps 
community to step outside their 
boxes and learn about the lives, 
ideas and backgrounds of others 
while simultaneously having a 
good time. 

Director of Multicultural 
Affairs Sherryl Wilburn is 
heading the festival and extends 
an invitation of welcome to all. 

"I want to see people eating 
good food, grooving to the 
sounds of Snazz, learning about 
various exhibits and viewing 
dazzling fashions," she says. 

Wilburn expects to see a lot 
of student participation at this 
year's festival. 

"Several students have worked 
hard to bring this festival to 
pass, because this festival is for 

The Multicultural Festival is 

more than food and music. It can 
also provide an opportunity for 
students to see their classmates 
in a different light. 

"College life can become very 
boring being in the same class 
everyday with the same. people 
wearing the same thing, but 
when you attend the festival and 
you see your classmate modeling 
a costume it's kind of exciting," 
asserts former Millsaps student 
Ann Rooney. 

"I can remember seeing the 
same people at diversity group 
meetings, but when I went to 
the festival I saw everybody and 
was afforded the opportunity to 
meet new people." 

"The festival is fun, has 
plenty of food and music and 
costumes," says sophomore Fred 
Willis. "Anyone who doesn't take 
advantage of the festival is missing 
out on the outside world. They 
are truly missing a good thing. " 


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y »Fondren Unwrapped Annual 
Christmas Party in the Historic 
Fondren District 
•"Shadow of a Storm" Walter 
Anderson Art Rescue 
Fundraiser @ the Museum of 
Natural Sciences, 6 - 8 p.m., 

•HI I 



Friday 11/18 

Jazz, Blues and More: The 
Musicians @ the Historic 
Alamo Theater, 7:30 p.m., $5 
Autumn Glass and Mixed 
Media Show and Open House 
@ Pearl River Glass Studio, 
5 - 8 p.m. 

The premiere of "Harry Potter 
and the Goblet of Fire" in 
theaters. Check local listings 
^ for times and locations 

Saturday 11/19 

•Black Rose Theater presents 
"Rumors," 7:30 p.m., $12, $10 
for students and seniors 

•7th annual Fab Food Fest @ 
Broadmeadow United 
Methodist Church gymnasium, 
8 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Sunday 11/20 

•Two Timin @ shuckers, 

3-7 p.m., free 
•Sergio Fernandez @ the 

Edison Walthall Hotel 


Ironing Board Sam @ 930 
Blues Cafe, 5:30 p.m., free 
Crossroads Film Society 
presents "The Constant 
Gardener," 7:30 p.m. @ 
Parkway Place Regal Cinema, 
$7, $5 for members 


Tuesday 11/22 

►Mississippi Chorus presents 
Haydn's "Creation" @ 
Wesley Biblical Seminary, f/ 
members of the Mississippi 
Symphony Orchestra, 
7:30 p.m. 

•Pub Quiz @ Hal & Mai's, 
8 p.m., $2 to play 

Wednesday 11/23 

•Speed Dating @ Santiago's, 
7 p.m. 

•4 Schillings Short (Irish) @ 
Fenian's, 8:30 - 11 p.m. 

•YaYa's Open Mic @ 
Seven*Studioz, $3 

PAGE 7 « THURSDAY. November 17. 2005 'THE P&W ""L 

Nationwide program offers incentives, 
opportunities for smokers to quit 

Ace Madjlesi 

Staff Writer 

The stench of cigarette smoke 
is not unfamiliar to most Millsaps 
students. "It seems like a lot of 
Millsaps students are smokers, 
from the cloud you usually have 
to walk through when you leave a 
building on campus," comments 
junior Henry Crosby. 

It seems that cigarettes have 
always been the staple accessories 
for the stressed out college student. 
"I've been using cigarettes as an 
emotional crutch for years," says 
sophomore Sloan Holley. 

Holley, like many other 
Millsaps students, can regularly 
be seen outside the Caf, the 
library or residence halls lighting 
up. But the Partnership for a 
Healthier Mississippi, along with 
the Student Body Association, is 
hoping to change all that. 

"The Partnership for a Healthier 
Mississippi is an organization 
on campus that is dedicated to 
keeping non-smokers 'smoke free' 
and working to get smokers to 
quit," explains President of PHM, 
Lauren Roddie, a sophomore. 

The Great American Smoke 
Out, a nation-wide event, falls on 
the third Thursday in November 
every year, and has done so since 
1977. Tomorrow the PHM and the 

Community Outreach Committee 
of SBA will sponsor it at Millsaps. 

"The SBA has a genuine 
concern for the overall health 
and well-being of all students. By 
educating the entire student body 
about the dangers of smoking, 
we hope to draw more attention 
to the dangerous habit," explains 
event chair and SBA sophomore 
senator Ivana Ventic. 

The Great American Smoke Out ■ 
committee hopes to grab students' 
attention with gimmicks, such as 
Dum-Dum suckers in mailboxes, 
with tags that read: "Don't be a 
dum-dum - Quit Smoking!!" In 
addition, there will be a display 
table outside of the Caf. 

Many students believe the 
efforts of PHM and SBA are 
warranted. "I'm really glad this 
is happening. I think it's really 
important for smokers to quit 
because of the extreme health risks 
related to cigarettes," comments 
health-conscious freshman Alex 

"I think a lot of kids don't 
realize that just because they 
haven't gotten lung cancer yet 
doesn't mean they won't. The 
cigarette you smoke tomorrow 
could be the one that gives you 
lung cancer 20 years from now," 
Allain adds. 

But is The Great American 
Smoke Out relevant for Millsaps 


speaking, more 
than 75 percent of 
competitive grants 
awarded for tobacco 
awareness projects is 
geared towardsyouth 
and college students. 
But are these projects 

"I'm sure if a 
person wants to quit 
smoking, they will 
pursue the help they 
need. But if they 
don't want to quit, no 
amount of pamphlet 
pushing is going to 
change that," asserts 
freshman smoker 
Marcel Sain. 

several studies show 
that college students 
are more likely to 
ignore health risks 
associated with 
tobacco than other 
age group. Felicia 
Mo, a sophomore and 
long time smoker, 
doesn't agree with 
this statement. "Most 
of us that smoke 
already know that 
it could kill us," she 

The Partnership for a Healthier Mississippi urges students 
the cigarette habit and throw those butts away. 

graphic by Jason Jarin 
on campus to kick 

Dusk 'til dawn with Dr. Kahn 

Kyle Doherty 

Features Editor 

Dr. Robert J. Kahn is a man 
of legend, mystery and uncanny 
linguistic abilities. Spanish majors 

and core-fulfillers alike are laminar 
with his exacting methods and 
eccentric ways, but who really knows 
the person beneath the professor? 
Perhaps a glance into his daily life 
will shed light into the fascinating 
life of this Millsaps institution. 

photo by Jason Jarin 

Dr. Kahn proves there is life beyond Spanish , spending most of his free time watch- 
ing "Meet the Press" with Tim Russert. 

A committed early-riser 
("madrugador" in Spanish), Dr. 
Kahn gets up at 5:30 a.m. each 
morning. This allows him plenty of 
time for relaxation, meditation and 
food before he goes off to work. "I 
don't like to rush," he tells. "It's 

important to get 

a full breakfast." 

After this 
morning custom, 
Kahn heads to 
school, arriving 
at around 7:15 
a.m. After a bit 
of preparation, 
he plunges 
into teaching 
from 8-10 a.m. 
and Fridays with 
office hours at 

after his office 
hours, Kahn 
heads to the 
gym. "I believe 
exercise is very, 
very important," 
says the health- 

SBA Academic Affairs Committee 
Congratulates New Honorary Members 

• Beta Beta Beta 

Derek Beaushaw 
Sarah Bounds 
Tiffany Clade 


Courtney Costello 
Amanda Duplantis 
Brad Greenhaw 
Brandon Haynes 
Becca Hedges 
Tal Hendrix 
Michael Henke 
Becky Lasoski 
Kerry Leflore 
Hannah McKnight 
Kayla Ouellette 
Chris Snell 
Claire Stanford 
Paul Tackett 
Danielle Trocquet 
Sherwood Colette 
Chanty Cook 
Katelynn Cowan 
Jessica Curry 
Rikki Darcey 

Carly Deweese 
Chrissie Faust 
Philip Fontenot 
Don Gibson 
Emily Gilbert 
Mohamed Hajj 
Courtney Helfrich 
Michael Johnson 
Sharra Jones 
Elizabeth Kelly 
Christie Kokel 
Megan Maher 
Eily McMillan 
Caroline Meyers 
lima Patel 
Murray Petersen 
Joey Quillin 
Alicia Reynolds 
Jessica Samson 
Isreal Scott 
Joshua Sledge 
Laura Valentine 
Jacob B. White 
•Alpha Psi Omega 

Jacqueline Coale 
Danielle Cook 
Jolie Anna Cross 
Andrea Dewey 
Fred Willis 

•Kappa Pi 

Michelle Allen 
Jenny Blount 
Emily Hildebrand 

Petra Vackova 
•Omicron Delta 

Om Amin 
Amber Davids 
Khyati Gupta 
Adam Huffman 
Kate Jacobson 
Kelsey McKnight 
Ashley McPhail 
JP McVaugh 
Jessica Sanford 
Ashley Wilbourn 
•Sigma Tau Delta 

Lacey Cook 
Amber Hales 
Carrie McDonnell 
Beth McKay 
Blake Strack 

•Order of Omega 
Greek Life 

Sarah Cowan 
Holly Dickens 
Adam Huffman 
Hannah McKnight 

Newbern IV 
Kelly Rasmus 
Jessica Sanford 
Julia Stewart 
Ashley Wilbourn 
• Phi Alpha Theta 

Laura Bishop 
Michael Franklin 
Daniel Ingram 
Kristen Matte 
Kelsey McKnight 

Newbern IV 
Ashley Schettler 
•Phi Delta Kappa 

Danielle Cross 
Jennifer Drew 
Kellie Giorgio 

•Pi Mu Epsilon 

Paul Dearing 
• Phi Sigma Tau 

Theon Johnson II 
•Sigma Delta Pi 

Emily Maples 
•Sigma Lambda 

Wardah Ali 
Carie Balton 

Sarah Cowan 
Paul Dearing 
Holly Dickens 
Khyati Gupta 
Viveca Latham 
Becky Lasoski 
Kelly Rasmus 
Jessica Sanford 
Julia Stewart 
•Eta Sigma Phi 

Lacey Cook 
Julia Fell 
Allison Pabst 

conscious professor. "I work out 
and I have a very nutritious diet." 

When he returns home, he 
applies himself assiduously to 
his school work, then makes 
himself a healthy dinner "made 
completely from scratch." 
A strong believer in the old 
adage "You are what you eat," 
Kahn eats organic foods almost 

During his very brief leisure 
time during the week, Kahn 
enjoys reading ("I like to read 
books the deal with religion and 
metaphysics") and watching 
the news, which he does every 

When the weekend finally 
rolls around for Kahn, it's a time 
of rest and unwinding. "I do all 
my cleaning and shopping on 
Saturday," he divulges. "I also 
do a little schoolwork, then I 
either go out or invite friends to 
come over." 

As for his favorite restaurants 
to patronize on weekends, 
Kahn confirms that Bonefish, 
Nick's and Little Tokyo are his 

"I worry about the mercury [in 
the seafood]," he admits, "but 
fish is still very good for you." 

He also asks the servers to 
hold the butter to maximize the 
healthiness of the meal. 

On Sundays, Kahn catches 
"Meet the Press" with Tim Russert 
on MSNBC and then settles back 
to prepare for another week of 
school, completing the cycle 
begun on Monday. 

With the completion of each 
day, Kahn spends a great deal of 
thought on his students, whom 
he hopes to help. 

"I want them to get as 
much out of my classes as 
possible," Kahn tells. "Not just 
my advanced classes, but my 
beginning courses, too. I want 
them to get good jobs; I want 
them to be culturally aware. I 
try to be strict, but fair in all my 

This concern for his students 
stems from a greater desire of 
Kahn's to do good in the world. 

"Every day, I just hope that I've 
helped someone else somehow," 
he shares. 

The world would certainly be 
a healthier, more amiable place 
if everyone had a bit more Kahn 
in them. 


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Women's basketball team eager to 
start new season, prove doubters wrong 

Tyler O'Hara 

Staff Writer 

For members of the Millsaps 
women's basketball team, Nov. 18 
cannot get here fast enough. 

"I am so ready for this season. 
This is my last season, and I want it 
to be the best. I cannot wait to start 
playing games and stop practicing 
all the time," said senior guard and 
team co-captain Martha McDaniel. 

The Lady Majors open the 2005- 
06 season Nov. 18-19 in the 
Huntingdon College Inviational. 
The home opener is scheduled for 5 
p.m. Nov. 22 against Rust College. 

McDaniel is not alone in her 
enthusiasm about the new season. 
Despite being picked to finish in 
eighth place in the SCAC, the team 
is looking forward to playing. 
"We're a young team, but that's 
good because it makes us opti- 
mistic," offers junior Leslie Frese. 

Head Coach Robin Jefferies 
agrees. "We're predicted to be 
eighth, but our goal is to prove the 
conference wrong. It's up to us to 
make sure we're better than that," 

she said. 

Miranda Rosar, a senior forward 
and the team's other co-captain, is 
not shy about her expectations. "I 
think we have a really good shot to 
do some great things this year if we 
just all work together and keep 
working hard. I expect us to go to 
the SCAC tournament again," she 

In order to go to the tournament, 
the team will have to use its quick- 
ness. "Our speed and athleticism 
has really picked up, and we want 
to use it to our advantage," 
explains Jefferies. 

The team is expected to run a lot 
more and take advantage of fast 
break opportunities. "We can all get 
up and down the floor, so we hope 
to run on teams," remarks Frese. 

McDaniel and Rosar are taking 
their role as captains seriously and 
look for big things in their senior 
years. "I feel pressure to do things 
right and try to set an example," 
offers Rosar. 

McDaniel shares her sense of 
urgency in her final season. "I 
know that since this is my last year 
at Millsaps, I have to make a 

mark. " 

With two starters likely to be 
freshmen, players like Frese and 
McDaniel have had to change posi- 
tions. "I've been working on ball 
handling more rather than posting 
up," explains Frese. 

McDaniel realizes it will be dif- 
ferent but is confident in her new 
role, "I am going to have to step up 

photo by Jason Jarin 

The Millsaps Lady Majors basketball is currently preparing for their 2005-2006 season. With a team 
of young athletes, Coach Jefferies and her team are looking to surprise many within the SCAC, 
upsetting teams throughout the year. 

Men's Basketball: 

- Millsaps College vs. 
Austin College at the 
University of Dallas 
Nov. 19, 3 p.m. 

- Millsaps College at the 
University of Dallas 
Nov. 20, 2 p.m. 

- Millsaps College vs. 
Rust College 

Nov. 22, 7 p.m. 

Women's Basketball: 

- Millsaps College at the 
Huntingdon Tournament 
Nov. 18-19 

- Millsaps College vs. 
Rust College 
Nov. 22, 5 p.m. 

Last Week's Scores 



L - Trinity University, 
41-0 (2-7, 1-5) 

Experience expected to guide Majors in 2005 

Russell Turley 

Staff Writer 

For the first time in three sea- 
sons the Millsaps Majors men's 
basketball team will have seniors 
who have been in the program 
since their freshman year. 

Brad Greenhaw, Justin LeBlanc, 
Morgan Walvoord and two-time 
All-SCAC honorable mention Tyler 
Warren look to lead a team that will 
consist of seven other letterman 
and eight newcomers, including 
seven in the freshman class. 

Head coach Tim Wise hopes 
"the knowledge of expectations and 
leadership the seniors will provide 
will be a difference in the progress 

of this year's team." 

The Majors have been practic- 
ing throughout the fall, and are 
eager to tip off for the first time 
Nov. 19 at Austin College. 

The men have been spending 
the majority of their time playing 
five-on-five in preparation for the 
season. In addition they participat- 
ed in a practice scrimmage against 
Mississippi College. 

"The scrimmage was indicative 
of the progress of the players and 
where there are needs for improve- 
men," Wise said. 

Starters have not yet been deter- 
mined. However, competition for a 
starting role is fierce. Four starters 
are returning, but Wise admits, "All 

four returnees have to fight for their 
spots in practice sessions." 

Men's basketball is always 
strong in the SCAC. Eight out of 10 
conference teams had six or more 
conference wins in 2004. Wise 
believes the top three teams in the 
league should be DePauw, Trinity 
and Centre. In addition, he said he 
believes that Millsaps will be com- 
petitive and probably end up in the 
middle of the pack. 

"We should have a winning 
record in conference play this sea- 
son," senior Morgan Walvoord 

Furthermore, Walvoord hopes 
that this year's squad will be able 
to knock off perennial powers such 

as Trinity or DePauw in order to 
establish credibility throughout the 

The predicted order of finish for 
the SCAC voted on by conference 
coaches should be out soon. 

The Majors may have more con- 
fidence going into a season than 
any other Wise coached team. 

"The seniors really have some- 
thing to play for. The incentives are 
high, morale is different and we are 
smarter as a tea,." Walvoord said. 

With the mix of experienced 
seniors and enthusiastic freshmen, 
the season could be memorable. 

The men open the home sched- 
ule at 7 p.m. Nov. 22 against Rust 
College of Holly Springs. 

Millsaps football ends season with loss to Trinity 

Ben Cain 

Staff Writer 

"The fall season was very 
eventful for Millsaps. The 
impact of Hurricane Katrina 
was very detrimental to many 
of our athletic programs in 
that we were forced to send 
our athletes home for over a 
week, interupting their condi- 
tioning process. This resulted 
in key injuries to key athletes, 
specifically in football. We did 
make several very positive 
steps this season, however. 
Women's soccer had a key tie 
and win at the end of the sea- 
son, despite the injury of Erin 
Sanford. David Rop led the 
Cross Country team through 
a successful season in his first 
year. Men's soccer showed 
improvement. Volleyball 
recovered their season after a 
slow start, and football had a 
key victory against Rhodes. 
The great thing about all of 
these programs is that they 
contain young athletes. With 
these players returning, the 
future of Millsaps Athletics is 
very bright." 

Coach Ron Jurney, 
Athletic Director 

Experience gained by young 
players forced into key roles should 
payoff for future Millsaps football 

"With that number of freshmen 
and sophomores playing, it's excit- 
ing, and that should make for a 
promising futur," head coach David 
Saunders said. 

Millsaps' season ended last 
weekend in San Antonio where the 
Majors fell 41-0 to conference 
champion Trinity, 9-0 and ranked 
sixth nationally among Division III 

Many young players were called 
upon this season to fill key roles 
due to the injuries. 

Saunders adds, "Any time you 
lose players that you expect to start, 
it's going to affect the way your 
team plays. That's part of the 


At one point, nine out of the 11 
offensive starters were in their first 
or second collegiate season. 

"[Millsaps] had some guys that 
got hurt early in the year and could- 
n't play much, and that hurt us," 
said freshman running back Nick 

Another key for the Majors, who 
finished the season 2-7 overall and 
sixth in the SCAC at 1-5, wil be 
retaining veterans, Saunders said. 

"Trinity had 21 seniors that had 
been in their program for four 
years, and we had five," he said. 
"That's the measuring stick. 

"We have to retain players and 
have them playing when they are 
juniors and seniors." 

Namias echoes the sentiment, 
saying that if enough players stay 
with the program, the team should 
be able to improve in the future. 

Millsaps, coming off a 30-29 

homecoming victory over Rhodes 
College, held Trinity in check early 
in the game with the Majors forcing 
Trinity's offense to punt the ball 
away on each of their possessions 
in the first quarter. 

However, the Millsaps offense 
was unable to put points on the 
board despite driving the ball deep 
into Trinity territory. 

The Tigers hit their stride in the 
second quarter as quarterback 
Jacob Cannon hooked up with 
receiver Matthew Weldon for a 51- 
yard touchdown pass. 

Following the kickoff, the Majors 
drove to the Trinity 29-yard line 
before turning the ball over on 

Trinity's offense seized the 
momentum created by their defen- 
sive stop and got the ball into the 
end zone twice more before the 
half for a 21-0 lead. 

"We played really well in the first 

half. The momentum shifted when 
they went up by a couple of touch- 
downs, but I felt like the defense 
played really well," Namias said. 

The game did not get any easier 
for the Majors in the second half. 
Trinity scored on four of its five 
possessions in the second half, 
earning 20 more points on two field 
goals and two touchdowns. 

The Trinity defense also tight- 
ened up against Millsaps, forcing 
three fumbles and two intercep- 

Millsaps stayed close to Trinity in 
several statistical categories, such as 
total rushing yardage, first downs 
and time of possession. 

Despite being shut out for the day, 
the Majors ran more offensive plays 
than the Tigers. 

"I don't think the score was 
indicative of how well we played," 
Namias said. 

Major Football Athlete 


Juan Joseph 


Name: Juan Joseph 
Class: Freshman 
Height: 6'2" 
Weight: 180 
Position: Quarterback 
Hometown: Edgard, La. 
Major: Business 
Future Plans: Sports Agent 


Food: Okra 

Caf food: Shrimp Pasta 
Drink: Blue Juice 
Restaurant: Copeland's 
Professor: Dr. Garrett 
Book: "ESPN the Magazine" 
Movie: "Love and Basketball" 
TV Show: "Rap City" and "106 & Park" 
Band: Team Roc 
Sport to Watch: Basketball 
Sport to Play: Basketball, Baseball, and 

In his first start as a Major, Juan Joseph led Millsaps to victory over Rhodes 
College on Homecoming weekend. The freshman went 21 of 30 with two touchdowns. 
He also started in the Majors' final game of the season against Trinity University. In the 
losing effort Joseph gained 125 yards for the Majors in passing. 



Purple & 


December 8, 2005, Volume 70, No. 1 2 

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Millsaps College 

Excess Caf ' waste: 
Is it unavoidable? 

Miriam Gray 

Staff Writer 


Whether you enjoy Cafe 
Classics, crave The Grill or like the 
Deli line, Millsaps dining services 
always has a variety of foods for 
its diners. Some believe food waste 
may be the result of this variety. 
E.A.R.T.H. has reported that 55 
pounds of foods are wasted from 
each meal - breakfast, lunch and 

"One of the reasons people 
waste food is because, when 
you get there, you don't know 
what you want and you get 
everything," suggest sophomore 
Ivana Ventic. Ventic continues, "I 
don't believe people intentionally 
waste food. You think the food is 
going to taste good, but it doesn't 
taste like you expected. I do think 
food waste is an important issue, 
but I don't see any way around it. 
I guess the caf workers could start 
giving smaller portions, then we 
could ask for more once we finish 
our first serving." 

Although food waste is strongly 
discouraged, some students do not 
view it as a drastic issue. Senior 
John Brooks shares his point of 
view. "Personally I don't see food 
waste as a problem on campus. 
I think if a school buys a certain 
amount of food for a certain 
amount of people whatever is not 
used is going to be thrown away if 
s no good. We are still paying for 
that set number of food items." 
Brooks' opinion is based upon 
his experience in the restaurant 

Olivia White-Lowe, director 
of dining services, explains that 
student food waste is expensive. 
"Food waste affects the cost of 
meal plans. Let's say there is a 
40-piece bag of chicken for 40 
people and you take four pieces 

and only eat two. I have to open 
another bag and take someone 
else's chicken." 

Most students are under the 
impression that meal plans cover 
the cost of food, but there are 
other expenses involved. The 
cost of a meal plan also aids 
in funding labor, supplies and 
kitchen construction. 

White-Lowe says, "I think the 
attitude of most students is we 
pay for this and we can get as 
much as we want even if we don't 
eat it. I have heard of students 
getting four quesadillas and two 
hamburgers. The biggest problem 
is not knowing that the meal plan 
covers more than food." 

SBA food services committee 
member John Schettler says, 
"Members of the SBA food services 
committee and the Millsaps dining 
staff are actually working towards 
lessening the wastes produced by 
our students." 

Gleaners Inc., a private 
organization that retrieves 
edible food from restaurants and 
hospitals that might otherwise be 
disposed of, has worked closely 
with some Millsaps students in 
their effort to prevent food waste. 
On Tuesdays and Fridays student 
volunteers package and deliver 
leftover, unused food to Gleaners. 
Junior Andrew Harris, a Gleaners 
participant, provides more 
information. "Gleaners provides 
food bags and freezer space. They 
do not deliver, but soup kitchens 
may come to them and get the 
food they need." 

Harris also shares this 
personal belief. "I believe it is the 
responsibility of someone who is 
in a socially and financially stable 
environment to consider those 
who are down in their luck." 

Gleaners participant senior Cat 

Southside Renovations 

Photo by Jason Jarin 

The SBA Executive Board and other members of the Student Body Association break ground 
on the new South Side Renovations that were made possible by the $30,000 donations from the 
reserves of the SBA's Student Activity Fee account as a part of the SBA's Campus Pride Initita- 
tive. The majority of the renovations will be completed by the spring semester. 

Edwards says, "I'd like to think 
that Gleaners does a good job at 
preventing waste. " 

College life itself has becomes 
a reason for many to overlook 
issues like food waste. "We have 
so much going on, like exams," 
says Senior Leah Seddelmeyer. "I 
have never paid attention to food 
waste. I think I might have seen 
Gleaners put up an awareness 
sign once or twice each year." 

Dr. Debora Mann offers an 
explanation for why students 
may feel cavalier towards food 
waste. "A lot of us are far away 
from where the food is produced. 
My husband grows all of our 
vegetables. I would never throw 

them away, because I see the labor 
and time that goes into them." 

Most students will admit food 
waste is the least of their worries, 
but others acknowledge the issue. 
If anything can be done about 
it, then it should be done," says 
Senior Millian Winnard. "1 have 
heard about numerous complaints 
regarding this issue. I myself try 
to consider not wasting when 
eating. I don't run and get five of 
everything and throw it away," 
asserts Winnard. 

Some students have even 
thought of awareness ideas. 
Junior Henry Crosby suggests 
the following: "If we actually let 
students see the homeless people 

near our neighborhood, we might 
try to not waste food. People 
would actually see this in real 
life because it's something you 
usually just see on TV." 

Harris offers a thought to those 
who are tempted to continue 
dismissing food waste as a petty 
issue. "While many students may 
not like the cafeteria food and 
think it seems repetitive, others 
may find it a blessing and the 
thing that gets them to the next 

To participate in Gleaners call 
981-4240, or contact a Millsaps' 
member of E.A.R.T.H. 

Students, faculty use art to 
benefit hurricane victims 

Carter White 

Staff Writer 

Photo by Jason Jarin 

Emily Hildebrand reviews some of her art that will be a part Of the 
auction hosted by the Millsaps Art Club benefiting those affected 
by Hurricane Katrina. 

Like many other organizations on 
Millsaps campus, the Millsaps Art 
Club is hosting a philanthropy event 
specifically for those affected by 
Hurricane Katrina. The organization 
is putting together an art auction that 
will be held on Fri., Dec. 9. All of 
the funds received from the auction 
will be donated to the American 
Red Cross Katrina Relief Fund. The 
auction will be held in the Lewis 
Art Gallery, on the third floor of the 
Academic Complex. 

Sophomore Petra Vackova, vice- 
president of the Art Club, states, 
"The proceeds of the auction 
will be going to Katrina Relief 
through the Red Cross. We hope 
we can help others by having this 

The auction is aimed more at 
raising funds for hurricane relief 
rather than just showing the art of 
those involved. 

Like other members of the 
Millsaps community, the Art Club 
recognizes the need to help those 
affected by Hurricane Katrina, as 
many are friends and neighbors. 

Also, many Millsaps students 
have been displaced because of 
the hurricane. "Since Katrina hit 
so close to home it was important 
for us to do a philanthropy event 
of our own this year," maintains 
sophomore Michelle Palmer, who 
is a member of the club. 

The auction is planned to last 
from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with food 
and drinks provided as well as 
music. Items up for auction will 
be a variety of works, including 
paintings, photographs, prints and 
sculptures donated by students and 
faculty, not all of whom are affiliated 
with the Millsaps Art Club.. 

"Students and professors will 
be donating their art work," says 
Vackova. This will allow faculty 
to showcase their art rather 
than featuring student work 

All of the works will be on 
display through the entire day so 
that anyone who wants to see the 
works can view them before the 

The auction will serve not 
only as an event for members of 
the Millsaps community, but also 
as a good way for its members 

to contribute to those in need. 
Besides merely having their work 
be seen and sold, participants have 
the opportunity to raise money 
for those in need. "As a victim 
of the hurricane, this event has 
allowed me to express myself and 
help those less fortunate," admits 
sophomore Elizabeth Albert, who 
has donated photographs to be 

The Art Club usually holds 
events such as movie nights and 
contributes student art exhibits in 
the Kava House. This is the first 
time the club is using an auction 
as a way to perform community 

The Art Club is also planning 
on painting a mural on a wall of 
the Lewis Art Gallery that should 
be completed in the spring. The 
Millsaps Art Club is hopeful to 
continue sponsoring art auctions 
in years to come so students 
and faculty can feature their art 
work while doing a service to the 

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Remember on 
pages 6 and 7. 

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excited about the 
Holidays on pages 4 
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Contact Opinions Editor Sumner Holmes, (Mil) ''74 I2W holmesl@millsaps.eui 

It is once again the holiday season, a time to relax and celebrate faith, a time for meditation, reflection and family. And presents. No way can we forget the presents. So, in the spirit 
of holiday wishing, we at the P&W have compiled a wish list of things we would like to see at Millsaps (though, like the rocketship or pony we wished for in our childhood, we proba- 
bly won't get any of these granted) . 

-Later Cafeteria Hours: We at the P&W would like to see later cafeteria hours. It makes little sense for the Caf to open at 4 p.m. for dinner when lunch ends at 2 p.m.; it's practically 
empty from four to five, but between six and seven the place is packed with students trying to cram in a dinner after a busy day. We propose that the Caf open for dinner at 5 p.m. and 
close at 8 p.m. 

-More Attentive Maintenance: We would appreciate better maintained dorms. Although the newer dorms are fine and seeemed to be maintained well, the older dorms like Galloway 
and Bacot seem to be looked over. Sometimes the heat is not turned on even if the temperature has taken a drastic drop, and many of the plumbing is faulty and is not necessarily fixed 
expediently; both of these not only inconvenience the student, they pose a threat to health and well-being. 

-Better Lighting on Campus: The lighting on campus is also, unfortunately, inadequate. There are many parts of campus that remain in the dark, even when lights are present (the 
lights in front of the Academic Center have not been on in quite a while). The presence of good lighting not only deters muggers and thieves, it adds to the sense of safety that students 
greatly appreciate in a city with abnormally high crime. 

-Rising Scholarships with Tuition: This is by far the most pressing issue of all. Every year since any student currently at Millsaps has been here tuition has risen. Unfortunately, the 
scholarships for the students have not risen proportionally with this, something that can have a dire effect on a student and his or her parents' financial situation. Many are here with 
extensive financial aid, both scholarly and need-based, and may not be able to afford Millsaps if the tuition rises but their scholarship does not. It is almost shameful that our costs rise 
but the commitment the college has made to us has not. 

Privacy vs. pointless 
patriotism past and present 

Eric Sumrall 



On Nov. 17, Eric Lichtblau of the "New York Times" reported that 
Congressional negotiators were nearing a settlement on legislation that 
would extend all 16 provisions of the Patriot Act. Fourteen of the 16 pro- 
visions will be made permanent. The other two concern the government's 
ability to seize business and library records and its ability to make use of 
roving wire taps. These will be extended for seven years. Once completed, 
the agreement will have to be approved by the House and Senate. I do not 
have the space to address all of the provisions of the Patriot Act, so I will 
focus on the seizing of business and library records and "national securi- 
ty letters." 

I do not disagree with allowing the government to seize business 
records, but seizing library records goes a bit too far. I can only guess that 
the idea behind this provision was that the government could monitor if 
people were checking out books about explosives or chemicals that could 
be used as weapons. There is a very large flaw in this idea: terrorists do 
not come to America to learn how to make weapons. They have their own 
schools called madrasas where they learn how to make and use weapons. 
They have their own training manuals.They do not need our library books. 
The only library where one could find a book checked out by a terrorist 
for the purpose of learning how to make and use weapons is the library at 
the CIA. Sadly, terrorist-training manuals might have Made In The U.S.A. 
printed on them. The CIA trained Afghanis to fight the Soviets during their 
war with Afghanistan. They taught Iranians to fight Iraqis and Iraqis to 
fight Iranians during the Iran-Iraq War. Only God and Uncle Sam know 
how much training and supplies we have given to terrorists in the past. In 
light of this, government agents should not waste their time chasing dead 

The Patriot Act also allows the FBI to use what are known as national 
security letters. These allow agents to seize records when they cannot get 
a warrant. It almost sounds like a bad commercial, doesn't it? 

Don't have enough probable cause to get a real warrant? Go out and get 
a national security letter. They have all of the power of a real warrant with 
none of the probable cause. They are available at your local FBI field office 
for as long as the American people don't know any better. Get 'em while 
they last. 

At the rate they are being used, we may all get one yet. According to 
Lichtblau, ". . . tens of thousands have been issued since the 2001 attacks." 
Keep an eye on your mailbox. 

Hip hop's influence over its 
youth audience 

Miriam Gray 

Today when I listen to hip-hop I am tremendously concerned for its 
youth audience. A majority of its messages are negative. Although this is 
an issue that has been debated over and over, I still feel compelled to 
address it. The youth I speak of are junior high and high school students. 
They make up the twelve to seventeen-year-old age group. 

Some of this age group's most popular artists are 50 Cent, Eminem, Nelly 
and Little John and the Eastside Boyz. Whenever I tune into BET or MTV 
for some hip-hop I see scantily clad women on top of cars dancing around. 
The young men in videos are covered in outrageous jewelry and holding 
liquor bottles in their hands. These videos are telling young girls they have 
to wear fewer clothes to be considered attractive. They are also teaching 
young men they're not important if they do not own tremendous "bling. " It 
is ridiculous and quite alarming to me. Is that really the picture of life we 
want to paint for the youth? I shouldn't have to ask this question. 

Recognize it or not the fact is this: These rappers are getting richer and 
richer while the youth are slowly being poisoned on a daily basis. 50 Cent 
has achieved great fame by glamorizing violence. By now, everyone knows 
he was shot nine times. Recently, he released an autobiographical movie 
that depicted his struggle as a drug dealer and an aspiring "gangsta" rap- 
per. Unsurprisingly, 50 Cent has a video game titled Bulletproof. Here is 
part of its online description: "Intended exclusively for mature players, 
this unapologetically violent game features the monetarily monikered rap- 
per in its starring role, as a streetwise tough seeking revenge against a 
mysterious gang of thugs that filled him with lead and left him for dead. 
The hero can gain access to a variety of firearms and other weapons, and 
can learn more than 25 deadly reversal moves." This description may say 

"intended for mature audiences" but there is no doubt in mind that some 
of this games' players are under aged. 

Next, there's the angry Eminem. It seems as if he is mad at the whole 
world even though he has released some humorous songs. Eminem 
speaks of hate in several of his songs. He has even expressed hate toward 
his wife on certain songs. One in particular is titled, "You Make Me Sick", 
number seven on the Encore album. Unchecked hate and anger can lead 
to extreme violence. Promoting extreme anger and domestic violence is 
reprehensible and extremely dangerous for the youth. The number of juve- 
nile detainees in America is already too saddening. 

Women are definitely major subjects in this negative image of hip-hop. 
Nelly is known for having scantily clad women in his videos. One of his 
most popular videos - Tip Drill, which ran after hours on BET, might as 
well have been soft porn. Women were in bikinis and thongs letting men 
do the most disrespectful things to them one can imagine. I believe the 
exploitation of women in some hip-hop videos is an underlying cause of 
a lack of respect between opposite sexes in the youth hip-hop communi- 
Slang has been a part of hip-hop since its beginning. I even use slang 
from time to time in certain environments. However, I have a problem 
with how some hip-hop artists act as if profanity is an acceptable normal- 
ity. Take LiT John for instance, he is known for saying "M - f 

- you scared!" In most of his songs that I have listened to he is always 

screaming the word "M f !" What is the point? People can be 

entertained and have a good time without profanity. 

I am no in no way placing an attack upon hip-hop. Moreover, I am just 
recognizing some of its huge dilemmas. These dilemmas could have been 
fixed if in the beginning a member of the hip-hop community had said 
this: "No. We are not going to take it. We will not be poisoned. We will 
be respected and cherished. We can be real without being "gangsta," ter- 
ribly angry, disrespectful, or using profanity." 

The artists I have mentioned have a huge fan base. Like it or not, they 
are very influential among the youth. Why not be a positive influence? I 
will acknowledge the fact that these artists also rap about the struggles 
within hip-hop-equality, politics and poverty. Specifically, 50 Cent and 
Eminem have been deemed lyrical geniuses and highly intelligent busi- 
nessmen. I respect that about both of them, but I respect the youth more. 
Some may beg to differ with me and say negative aspects of hip-hop do 
not affect the youth. Some may say it does not matter, but if you will look 
around you will see violence rising, females wearing less and less cloth- 
ing and you will hear profanity repeated among our hip-hop youth. These 
are good enough reasons for me to maintain my opinion. I am sure there 
are some positive, clean hip-hop artists out there. However, they are not 
the most popular ones. So, it's up these popular artists to decide if they 
want to change the way in which they are influencing the youth. 


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PAGE 3 • THURSDAY. December 8. 200 5 ♦ THE P&W L 


Stress takes its toll during 

Chris Awwad 

Staff Writer 

As Millsaps students long for the 
freedom and relaxation of winter 
break, many obstacles stand in 
their way. Papers, final projects 
and preparation for final exams can 
have a great effect on them as they 
attempt to finish the fall semester 
with passing grades. 

"Students have a tendency 
to burn the candle at both ends, 
especially during exam time," 
says Ellen Trappey, coordinator of 
wellness education. "It can really 
take a toll on them and their immune 

"I've been sick for the past six 
weeks, and I'm trying really hard 
to get better before exams start," 
says freshman Emily Stewart. 

Unfortunately, sickness usually 
occurs more because students 
generally sleep less and do not 
good care of themselves 
exam week. As students 
rk around the clock to complete 

large assignments and prepare for 
difficult examinations, they neglect 
very important tasks like eating 
nutritously, sleeping at least eight 
hours, and exercising. Trappey's 
best piece of advice for students is 
to "take time for yourself. Do things 
that are important to you. Also, 
do some things that don't involve 

"It's important to use stress 
management techniques 
during exams," says Director of 
Counseling Serivices Dr. Janis 
Booth. "Exercise at least three 
times a week for 30 to 45 minutes. 
We all waste that much time each 
day, and if exercise helps you 
focus, you will make up the time 
you have lost," says Booth. "When 
studying you should take a short 
break every hour. And don't study 
for more than two or three hours 
without taking a longer break." 

The negative effects of stress 
are becoming increasingly evident 
especially due to the events of the 
past few months. 

"This semester has been 
especially stressful for students 
because of Hurricane Katrina and 
fall break being cancelled," says 

According to Booth, playing 
with toys and other mindless 
activities can help relieve some 
stress. Each year, Booth sets up a 
Stress Free Zone. Anytime students 
need a break from the stress and 
strain of studying for exams, they 
can visit Booth's Stress Free Zone. 

In the Stress Free Zone, you 
can find finger paints, play-dough, 
water color painting, legos, 
puzzles, crayons and chocolate. 
This year, the Stress Free Zone 
will be located on the top floor of 
the College Center in the Student 
Activities area. The Stress Free 
Zone will be open during exam 
week from 11 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. 
on Monday and from 11 a.m. until 
4 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, 
and Thursday. 

Photo by Brad Hayes 
Stress Sickness: Students are getting more stressed and operating with 
less sleep as finals loom and the end of the semester approaches. 

Summary of Student Body Association 
Senate Resolutions/Bills for Fall 


Resolution submitted by the 
Ad-Hoc Senate Judiciary 
Committee: This resolution 
calls forthe Judicial Council to 
review discrepancies and 
ambiguities in the Code of 
Conduct and SB A Constitution. 

Resolution submitted by tl 
Capital Improvements 
Committee: This resolution 
calls forthe prohibition of 
unapproved advertising on the 
College campus by means of 
ftyers, posters or other printed 
announcements by 
nonaffiliated companies. 

Wheel chair Bill: Senate 
allocated the funds to 
purchase two wheelchairs for 
the campus for emergency use 
for all students, faculty and 

The Great CaT Sit Bill: 

Senate allocated $60 in honor 
of a new campus philanthropy 
being started by two students 
which will benefit the Ufe Share 

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DiwaliBill: Senate allocated 
$500 to be usedforthis year's 
Diwali, the Hindu Festrval of 
Lights, held on Wed., Nov. 16. 

ACS Environmental 
Conference Bill: Senate 
allocated $641.29 to send an 
E.A.R.T.H. Club representative 
to a conference. to learn more 
about energy conservation, 
which is one of Senate's main 
goals of the year. 

Lambda Chi Alpha Pantry 
Raid: Senate allocated monies 
in support of the Lambda Chi 
Alpha Great Pantry Raid, a 
philanthropy benefiting 
Stewpot Ministries. 



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Security Report 

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Nov. 10: Drug/ Alcohol Use 

At approximately 1:17 a.m., an officer 
received a call that a complainant in a 
residence hall smelled a substance presumed 
to be marijuana and that there was a lot of 
noise coming from the room in question. 
The officer used the master key and entered 
the room before any substances could be 
hidden. The room was cloudy with smoke, 
and the officer immediately observed a bag 
of a substance thought to be marijuana 
and several open containers of alcohol. The 
"on-call" professional and Campus Safety 
lieutenant were notified. The "on-call" 
professional arrived about five minutes later, 
and the room was then searched. All nine 
students were brought to the Campus Safety 
offices to write statements. The complainant 
stated that he had received threats from some 
of the subjects. 

Nov. 10: Trespassing 

At approximately 12:05 p.m., a staff member 
reported there was a book buyer in their 
buildirfg. A lieutenant met the complainant 
on the scene, but the subject had already left. 
He searched the campus and observed the 
subject in another academic building. The 
subject stated that he was a book buyer and 
produced his out-of-state driver's license. 

He was informed that we did not allow 
solicitation on campus, and he could be 
charged with "trespassing." He was escorted 
to his vehicle, and he left campus. 

Nov. 13: Unintentional Breakage 

At approximately 9:25 a.m., a vehicle had 
just entered the campus at the North Gate. A 
junior student, driving at a high rate of speed, 
did not have enough time to stop her vehicle 
from being struck by the descending gate 
arm. The arm was broken off the supporting 
fixture. No damage was done to her vehicle. 

Nov. 16: Property Damage 

At approximately 12:25 p.m., a sophomore 
reported that a limb had fallen on his vehicle 
making a dent above the left tail light and 
several scratches on the trunk. His roommate 
informed him about the damage to the vehicle 
at approximately 2 a.m. on Nov. 16, when he 
came back to campus. Pictures were taken of 
the damage. 

Nov. 19: Internal Info Report 

At approximately 5:40 a.m., a patrol officer 
received a call from dispatch about a student 
that had a bag of clothing and jewelry stolen 
off campus. The sophomore stated that her 
bag was stolen from her car at a service 

station in Jackson. JPD was called on campus 
to file a police report at 6:40 a.m. 

Nov. 21: Burglary, Residential 

At approximately 2:55 p.m., a freshman 
reported that her book bag and several items 
had been stolen from her room. This occurred 
on Nov. 17. She stated she had been visiting 
some friends down the hall and had left her 
room door unlocked. 

Nov. 23: Drug Possession 

At approximately 3:30 p.m., an officer 
received a call from dispatch to meet a RA 
in reference to a key stuck in one of the door 
locks, and he was also informed that the RA 
wanted to turn in some possible drugs which 
had been discovered in one of the rooms. A 
lieutenant and officer confiscated drugs and 
paraphernalia from the room. 

Nov. 27: Theft-Grand Larceny 

At approximately 9:45 p.m., an officer was 
called to a residence hall to see a complainant 
in reference to his laptop missing from his 
room. He stated that apparently someone 
must have opened his door after he left for 
Thanksgiving holidays on Nov. 23. 

going on? 

Interested in helping re- 
build the Coast? 

Millsaps is hosting a Hur- 
ricane Relief Trip to the 
Mississippi Coast. 
When: Jan. 10-14 
Where: Bay St. Louis, MS 
Cost: $75 ($25 deposit by 
Dec. 9) 

If you are interested in 
attending please email 
Kelsey Mcknight at mck- 

"The Chronicles of Nar- 

Sponsored by the Leader- 
Date Program 
The show starts Frid., 
Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. at Park- 
way Place. Coffee and 
discussion will follow 
the movie. Email Ellen 
Trappey to reserve your 




Jackson gets in the Christmas spirit 

Catherine Schmidt 

Staff Writer 

You don't have to have snow 
to get into the Christmas spirit. If 
your floor hasn't decked the halls, 
and you still can't quite feel the 
magic of the season, then you 
should venture out into town to 
see what sort of holiday festivities 
Jackson has to offer. If you need a 
cheery break from the library and 
want to escape the crunch of the 
last couple weeks of the semester, 
then some Christmas merriment is 
in order. 

If you missed the annual 
Mississippi Metropolitan Ballet 
performance of "The Nutcracker" 
at Thalia Mara Hall, you can 
still catch Ballet Magnifcati's 
20th Annual Christmas Festival 
Performance. Ballet Magnificat!, 
a Christian dance company in 
Jackson, will be hosting its last 
Christmas Festival Performance 
this year, which is a colorful ballet 
about the birth of Jesus, featuring 
traditional Christmas hymns. 

"There have been a lot of 
different ballets at this time of the 
year, such as The Nutcracker, but 
we wanted people to know the real 
spirit of Christmas, the traditional 
message of Christmas," says Keth 
Thibodeaux, executive director of 
Ballet Magnificat!. 

This performance will also 
feature the debut of "Ruth," which 
is a ballet based on a modernized 
version of the book of Ruth. The 
ballet begins in the early 1900s 
in Spain and ends in Ellis Island 
as Ruth immigrates to the United 
States and gets married to an 

If you just need some lights to 
cheer you up, the Smith Robertson 
Museum Annual Christmas Tree 
Festival should do the trick. 
This Christmas tree show and 
competition involves 20 trees 
decorated by various community 
organizations and schools. There 
are five categories of trees: display 
of colors, ethnic, trees for children, 
contemporary and traditional. 

If you have never ventured 

Downtown Jackson lights up as temperatures drop and the Holiday season comes in full swing. 

Photo by jason jarin 

out of Jackson, about 20 minutes 
North on 1-55 sits Canton. Canton 
has a square in the middle of the 
town with beautiful Christmas 
decorations and many little shops 
and boutiques that are decorated 
for the holidays. Canton also 
has three Christmas animation 
museums featuring over 100 life- 
size moving figures in various 
Christmas scenes. 

Canton also has rides on 
miniature trains, miniature fire 
engines, a carousel and a horse 
and buggy around the square. 

Russell C. Davis Planetarium 
downtown offers large format 
films and cushy seats. You can 
go to one of their three holiday 
shows: "Season of Light," "The 

Alien Who Stole Christmas," or 
"Fresh Aire Christmas." 

To glimpse a historical Jackson 
Christmas, you can visit either the 
Manship House or the Governor's 
Mansion to see traditional 
Christmas decorations and learn 
a bit about the history of the 
buildings along the way. 

"We have decorated the 
Manship house with fresh pine 
garlands, flowers, berries, and 
authentic handmade Victorian 
Christmas decorations," says 
Marilyn Jones, branch director 
of the Manship House Museum. 
"It's a real special glimpse of the 
way people lived in the nineteenth 

In case you have not left 

Jackson by Dec. 19, you can attend 
the Mississippi Girlchoir's annual 
Christmas concert "Songs of 
Christmas." The concert features 
the Mississippi Girlchoir's four 
choirs, including performances 
from girls in third grade through 
12th grade. 

Hopefully, this will be enough 
holiday cheer to hold you over 
until you head home. 

The Ballet Magnificat! 
performances are Dec. 17 at 7 
p.m. and Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. Tickets 
are $17 for individuals or $12 for 
groups of eight or more. Call 601- 
977-1001 to make reservations. 

The Christmas trees will be up 
at Smith Robertson Museum until 
Dec. 31, and tickets for admission 

to the museum are $4.50. 

Admission to the Canton 
animation museums is $3. Call 601- 
859-1307 for more information. 

Tickets for the Davis 
Planetarium shows cost $5.50. 
Call 601-960-1550 for show times 
and more information. 

To book a free guided tour of the 
Governor's Mansion, call 601-359- 
6421. To reserve a spot for a free 
guided tour of the Manship House 
Museum, call 601-961-4724. 

Tickets for the Mississippi 
Girlchoir concert cost $5 in 
advance and $10 at the door. 
The concert will be at 7 p.m. 
at Galloway United Methodist 
Church. Call 601-981-9863 for 
more information. 

Fall Semester 05: A Look Back 

Ben Cain 

Staff Writer 

Reflection is healthy, but who 
has time to sit down and think 
about the semester right now? 
Final exams loom over the campus 
like threatening thunderclouds. 
Many Millsaps students have 
already immersed themselves in 
their preparations for the tests. 

Fear not, loyal readers, for the 
"Purple & White" understands that 
you do not have time for organizing 
your own memories right now. Thus, 
we bring you this certified Grade- 
A, FDA approved prepackaged trip 
down Memory Lane. 

When the semester began in 
August, everything seemed to be 
proceeding normally. Other than 
scattered reports of sightings of the 
infamous purple Crocs, freshman 
move-in day was rather uneventful. 
Across the campus, students 
readjusted to life at college. 

For Juan Joseph, a freshman 

quarterback for the football 
team, involvement with Millsaps 
athletics helped ease the transition 
into college life. "Because of 
football, I met new people and 
made friends faster than I would 
have otherwise," Joseph recalls. 

Fourth Night fell on a very 
humid evening, which made it less 
than pleasant for those involved, 
but freshman Andy Carlson 
lightened the mood by asking, 
"I'm Ron Burgandy?" 

Just a few days later, Hurricane 
Katrina crossed Florida and roared 
through the Gulf of Mexico. The 
storm made landfall at 6: 10 a.m. on 
August 29, and at approximately 
11 a.m. the first of several levee 
breaches in New Orleans occurred. 
The flooding of New Orleans that 
ensued, as well as the devastation 
along the Mississippi Gulf Coast 
and wind damage farther inland, 
had a drastic effect on the rest of 
the semester at Millsaps. 

The storm left Jackson without 
power, and the college was 

compelled to cancel classes for 
almost two weeks. 

"We all had to make sacrifices 
and find hidden reservoirs of 
energy to get through the crisis," 
senior Brandon Fontenelle says. 

Many new faces soon appeared 
on campus, as a number of students 
from New Orleans area colleges and 
universities transferred to Millsaps. 

Some transfer students, such as 
freshman Philip Fontenot, faced 
particularly trying circumstances. 
Fontenot was forced to evacuate 
the campus of Tulane University 
shortly after arriving there, and 
many of his personal belongings 
were stranded in New Orleans 
until the middle of November. 

Both sorority and fraternity 
recruitment weeks started shortly 
after classes resumed. Girls' 
bid day was highlighted by the 
traditional running together of 
lines of active sorority members 
and newly recognized pledges. 

Boys' bid day had a few 
unpleasant moments of inter- 

fraternal conflict, but most 
participants have great memories 
from the day. "Bid Day is always a 
lot of fun for us. We always enjoy 
getting to spend that day on the 
water slide with our new guys," 
says junior Daniel Rice, a member 
of the Greek community. 

The athletic department 
experienced highs and lows this 
semester. Chuck Graybeal led the 
men's golf team to the top finish 
by a Division III school at the 
Delta State Invitational. 

The football team endured 
several setbacks, but managed to 
pull off thrilling last-second wins 
against Concordia and Rhodes. 
Joseph remembers, "We were glad 
to win our homecoming game." 
The men's soccer squad started 
the season strong, but a late- 
season skid ended their hopes for 
a winning season. 

The girl's team, which played 
several freshmen, managed three 
victories. The Majors' volleyball 
squad played their way to an even 

6-6 SCAC record. 

In the more recent past, Millsaps 
has hosted cultural events such 
as the student-led Diwali festival 
and the Multicultural Festival. 
At the Diwali event, many 
Millsaps students participated 
by showcasing their talents or 
participating in a fashion show. 

"It was really fun to get the 
campus involved in a part of my 
culture," says freshman participant 
Lekha Sunkara. "Everyone had a 
chance to get involved with the 
program, to sample Indian food, 
or to watch the show. I think it 
was a great way to bring diversity 
to the campus." 

As interesting as this semester 
has been, many students are 
looking forward to putting it 
behind them and reaching the 
winter break. Sophomore Beth 
Ann Baker sums up the attitude 
of many students, saying, "The 
semester has been fun, but now 
everybody is burned out and ready 
for a break." 


New Stage Theater offers new 
take on Christmas classic 

Candice Fisher 

Staff Writer 

There are countless 
Christmastime opportunities 
for one to enjoy on local stages. 
City ballets often perform "The 
Nutcracker" and choirs often 
sing carols, just to name a few 
such traditions. One of the most 
common Yule time events is a 
performance of Charles Dickens' 
beloved classic "A Christmas 
Carol." Jackson, Miss, is no 
exception to this tradition. This 
year, anyone interested can see 
the famous work performed at 
New Stage Theatre, directed by 
Millsaps alum Sam Sparks. 

Sparks' last project was Millsaps 
Players' production of Mary 
Zimmerman's "Metamorphoses." 
This new undertaking is a tried- 
and-true classic, yet Sparks is 
adding a new spin to the beloved 
tale. "This year's production of 'A 
Christmas Carol' will be different 
from any other performed at New 
Stage. If someone who saw the 
play last year comes expecting the 
same production, they will receive 

a pleasant shock. We are using the 
same script, yet with a different 
spin. It's definitely not the same 
production as last year, yet it's 
a very intriguing version of the 
Dickens tale," Sparks offers. 

"The show has a cast of actors 
playing street urchins, who decide 
to tell the tale of Scrooge and the 
Marley family to take their mind 
off of their hunger in order to 
make it through the bitter cold 
Christmas Eve," he describes. 
"There are four main narrators 
that tell the story, while the other 
street urchins begin to act out 
the familiar parts of A Christmas 

Sparks is not the only Millsaps 
alumnus to be involved in this 
production. Matt Ward is a 2005 
graduate working as an intern for 
New Stage. Other alumni include 
Laura Haystrings and James 
Anderson. "Everyone is excited 
about this adaptation of the play," 
Sparks says. "We're all thrilled to 
be involved." 

Aside from "A Christmas Carol," 
New Stage Theatre is also offering 
six performances of the one-man 

show, "The Sand Land Diaries." 
This show is about an out of work 
actor/writer who decides to take 
a job as a Macy's elf during the 
holiday season in order to earn 
some extra money. Sparks says, 
'"Sand Land' is a funny, gritty, one 
man show that is running after 
each performance of A Christmas 
Carol.' College students should 
especially enjoy this one." 

New Stage Theatre's edgy 
version of "A Christmas Carol" 
opens Friday December 2 nd , and 
runs until December 18 th . Each 
week there are productions on 
Thursday through Saturday 
nights, as well as 2:00 matinees on 
Saturdays and Sundays. Student 
tickets are fifteen dollars, leaving 
no excuse for non-attendence. If 
worried about what to wear and 
what kind of atmosphere is at 
New Stage during this holiday 
season, Sparks assures, "New 
Stage productions are completely 
'come as you are.' College students 
can come in jeans and enjoy the 
festive shows we have to offer this 

For tickets, call 


Promotional Photo 

Controversy besets holiday spirit 

Thomas Richardson In addition to the tacit practice try to be accepting," says Yakots, in Millsaps' own Dr. James the interaction of go' 


On "Black Friday," those not 
overdosed on tryptophan descend 
upon the centers of American 
capitalism and with every cha- 
ching, things begin to sound a 
lot like Christmahanakwanzaka. 
The holiday scene in the United 
States has become a case study in 
commercial success and conflicts 
in political correctness. Tree 
lights and Santa hats make their 
way onto Wal-Mart shelves at the 
same time children are making the 
crucial decision between ghastly 
ghouls and Power Rangers for 

In the world of retail, no one 
holiday reigns supreme. Variety 
packs of wrapping paper often 
include sheets of stars of David, 
menorahs and Kwanzaa kinaras 
right next to the rolls of angels 
and nativity scenes. 

Millsaps students agree that 
the holiday mood has changed 
since their childhoods. Junior 
and noted coal recipient Brad 
Yakots stresses the importance 
of the spirit of giving in the 
holiday season. His family has, 
for many years, volunteered 
at local establishments to take 
the emphasis off of their own 
receiving and to participate in 
spreading holiday cheer to the 
less fortunate. 

"Holidays are for family," 
says Yakots, referring to his new 
understanding of the meaning of 
the season, "when I was a little kid 
all I cared about was the presents. " 
Sophomore Nick Madison shares 
similar sentiments. "As a kid I 
thought about gifts, but now I 
think about Christ, the cross and 
family," he tells. 

To Madison, the key to a 
fulfilling Christmas experience is 
getting back to the true reason 
for the holiday. "People think too 
much about giving and receiving. 
We need to think of where 
Christmas started and not what 
we've made it." 

Julia Stewart, a junior, has 
also noted the fading religious 
enthusiasm in Christmas 
bservance. "The holiday spirit 
be considered secular, but 
is sad to see a less traditional 
pproach to Christmas from 
religious standpoint," she 

Her family is so disillusioned 
by the distorted Christmas 
season that they are giving up 
the distractions of the Christmas 
gift exchange altogether and 
taking a trip to the Bahamas. This 
trip promises the freedom from 
holiday stresses and will provide 
:me much-needed relaxation. 

of selling both white and black 
singing and dancing Santas 
in Wal-Mart, the traditional 
Christmas season in America has 
been renamed to the "holiday 
season" to encompass various 
other celebrations during this time 
period. The Millsaps community 
has noted the shift toward greater 
political correctness with mixed 

Yakots proclaims, "We should 
celebrate all religions and their 
traditions; having a tradition is 

However, Yakots contends 
that this need not mean that the 
season's traditions such as the 
Christmas tree become bland, 
nameless "holiday." "We should 

but he feels that there should not 
be such a big shift away from the 
holiday celebrated by the majority 
of Americans. 

"Saying 'Christmas' isn't 
offensive," Stewart agrees. 

Madison takes a more politically 
correct stance on the issue of 
nomenclature. "The break should 

be called Winter Break, because 
people should reflect on what 
they believe," he opines. 

Madison also supports the 
White House's decision to refer 
to their tree as a "holiday tree." 
"We've been used to [Christmas] 
so long, but political correctness is 
the right thing, especially in front 
of the White House," he says. 

Madison finds agreement 

Bowley of the religious studies 
department. "Sometimes political 
correctness is really about respect 
and fairness and sometimes it 
seems to be about watering down 
and making everything bland and 
common," Bowley explains, but 
in this case he feels that being 
"PC" is correctly "attempting to 
show respect to differences." 

"If we are privileging one 
tradition over others in our public 
square, we are showing disrespect 
to the other traditions," Bowley 
continues. "People become weary 
with how long Christmas goes 
on and all its commercialization, 
which does Christianity more 
harm than good." 

Bowley's main concern is with 

he interaction of government and 
religious holiday. "Our nation is 
founded on one document. The 
one law of the land is the U.S. 
Constitution which makes no 
appeal to divinity or God to make 
laws, rather it is a celebration of 
people coming together to make 

, Soon the hustle and bustle. will 
be through, commercialism will 
have run its course, and the true 
uniting holiday spirit will rise 
again in the form of silly hats, 
champagne, and Auld Lang Syne. 
Until then, Millsaps students 
and concerned people across the 
nation will continue to find their 
place in the arguments of the 
sanctity and spirit of the season. 

Photo Jason }arin\ 

Holiday or Christmas tree? Either way, it's being decorated for the season. 

YMCA of Metropolitan Jackson 

What: Lifeguard Red Cross 
certification class 

Who: Anyone 15 or over and 
able to swim 20 lengths of the 

When: December 12-16, 10:00 
a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Mandatory at- 
tendance all five days. 

Where:Monday/Thursday/Friday at Flowood Family Y - 690 
Liberty Road, Flowood, 601.664.1955 and Tuesday/Wednesday 
at Downtown Y - 800 East River Place, Jackson, 601.948.3090 

Cost: $175 or $87.50 if student commits to lifeguard for the 
Y immediately or the coming summer. Remaining fee reim- 
bursed if student lifeguards for the Y for 6 months 

The Flowood Y and the Downtown Y, have only indoor 
pools so year-round lifeguards are needed. The Reservoir Y, 
the Southwest Y, and the Sanders Y have only outdoor pools. 
The Clinton Y has both indoor and outdoor pools. 

For more information: call Jennifer (601.664.1955) or Christo- 
pher (601.924.5812) visit 

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| to our Annual Fund Student Callers | 

| who raised over $ 1 00,000 this semester for | 

| Millsaps College: | 

1 Elizabeth Albert | 

| Erin Anderson § 

1 Chris Awwad | 

| Catherine Clark | 

| Hugh Hartzog | 

| Ying Hou | 

| Vanessa Johnson | 

| Lindsey Kirkland | 

| Viveca Latham | 

| Stephanie Maxwell | 

| Ashley Oliver | 

| Athena Parker | 

| Jessica Samson | 

| Erin Shaw | 

1 Kevan Beth Tucker | 

I Brad Winton I 

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■J PAGE 6 • THURSDAY. December 8. 200S * THE P&W^ 

The Life 

of the 

Chelsi West 

With finals just around the 
corner, many students may 
feel slightly overwhelmed, 
stressing about papers to type 
and chapters to read. Whether 
it's a six-page comparative 
government exam or a 100- 
problem math final, the anxiety 
continues to build minute 
by minute. Luckily, there are 
two venues this weekend that 
will allow us to escape the 
pressures of academics and 
enter the world of relaxation: 
ice skating and the Black and 
White Social. 

Tomorrow night, A.C.E is 
sponsoring a trip to the Ice Park 
where students can release 
tension through twirling, triple 
axels or by mimicking "Disney 
on Ice." It will be a time to 
do away with papers and 
studying, a time to enjoy life 
and watch others make fools of 
themselves on the floor. And it 
also may increase your chances 
of doing better on your finals. 
My roommate went last year 
and I didn't, and she handled 
her finals 10 times better than I 
did. If I were you, I'd be sure to 
check it out. Besides, it's free. 

And the fun doesn't stop 
on Friday night. Saturday 
night in the Kava House, the 
Black Student Association is 
hosting its annual Black and 
White Social, featuring music, 
dancing, ice cream, coffee and 
more. It's open to the entire 
campus and is basically a time 
for college students to act like 
'grown folk.' Students can 
come and listen to the sounds 
of Marvin, Anita, Patti, Montel, 
1 iflfrHandm'siue of otiwrajiwhatV' 
mdie-*aUxing than the sounds 
of Al? 

Plus, the only thing to worry 
about will not be papers, but 
outfits. I don't know about 
you, but I would much rather 
create an outfit than a thesis 

So there they are, not one, but 
two best of the week activities. 
While many people may 
argue that studying is the best 
preparation for a test, I would 
have to say that relaxation 
should also be required. As 
Millsaps students we work on 
paper after paper, running from 
one meeting or function to the 
next. This weekend should be 
our time to throw the planners 
away and just enjoy some good 
times, because next week has 
the potential to be gruesome. 

So tomorrow night and 
Saturday are the times to just 
let loose. Besides, what other 
opportunity would you have to 
be a little kid and a big person 
in the same weekend? 

Regardless if you attend 
this weekend's events, the 
important thing to remember 
is to not stress about finals. If 
you're stressed out, all you have 
to do is reverse it. Remember, 
"stressed" spelled backwards 
is "desserts", so eat up! 

BringThat Back: Re £° ming 

Ben Cain 

Staff Writer 

Sure, the Xbox 360's recent 
release has generated a lot of 
buzz, but don't you sometimes 
wish that you could revisit the 
simpler times when your only 
button choices were "A" and 

The 20th anniversary of the 
Nintendo Entertainment System's 
North American release is rapidly 
approaching (the console sold 
90,000 copies in New York City 
during the holiday season of 
1985], and it seems fitting to 
remember the consoles and 
games that sparked America's 
fascination with video gaming. 

Video gaming has a large 
following at Millsaps. Sometimes, 
a student feels the need for a 
diversion from the routine of 
class and studying. Video games 
can provide just such an escape. 

Sophomore Mary Deaton says, 
"Video games are a great way to 
procrastinate. It's a great way to 
leave reality. Whenever you are 
having a hard time or you are 
stressed, you can play a video 
game and forget about it for a 
little while." 

Older video games can 
provide a welcome reminder of 
childhood, and they are generally 
less complex than modern games. 
Many students can name their 
favorite NES characters. Favorite 
characters frequently include title 
stars from popular series, such 
as Mario from the "Super Mario 
Brothers" series, Mega Man from 
the "Mega Man" series or Zelda, 
the star of several games bearing 
his name. 

In addition to great characters, 
old games also featured 
memorable musical scores. The 
music in "Super Mario Brothers" 
is possibly one of the most well 
known video game scores. 

Many students have fond 
memories of playing video 
games as children. Deaton's 
favorite childhood video 
game memories center 
around playing the NES with 
her family, while sophomore 
Jonathan Webb insists that 
Mario taught him that 
"the most important 
thing in life is saving the 
fair princess in pink." 

For Woods Curry, 
a sophomore, the most 
memorable thing about 
cartridge-style video games 
is the well-known method of 
returning a malfunctioning 
game to working order - blowing 
furiously across the bottom of 
the cartridge. 

In addition to using video 
games for simple diversions, 
some students have also 
learned that retro consoles 
can be powerful social tools. 
While most modern games 
have a steep learning curve, 
vintage games are so user- 
friendly that beginners 
can typically get a basic 
understanding of them 
the very first time they 
pick up a controller. 

Many single guys 
find the tunes of "Super Mario 
Brothers" a good way to attract 

While new video game 
systems can certainly provide 

great graphics and fast game 
play, the easy, addictive fun that 
classic systems provide should 
not be overlooked. The next time 
you find yourself needing a quick 

break from a tedious reading 
assignment, track down one of 
the many old consoles scattered 
throughout our dorms and stomp 
some Goombas. 

Late night fast food satisifies student cravings 

Ace Madjlesi 

Staff Writer 

Whataburger: a name 
synonymous with 24-hour access to 
cheeseburgers, french fries and an 
assortment of other greasy delights. 

Jackson residents can find their 
local Whataburger on High Street, 
surrounded by the myriad of other 
convenience restaurants in the 
area. But Whataburger isn't your 
standard fast food joint. 

Opened in 1950, Whataburgers 
were the brainchild of Texan 
entrepreneur Harmon Dobson. 
Like everything else in Texas, 
Dobson's burgers were slightly 
bigger than average. Today, there 
are over 600 Whataburgers, and 
Millsaps students are among the 
numerous fans. 

Most of the appeal of 
Whataburger is its 24-hour 
service, perfect for a hectic college 
student's schedule. 

"I love Whataburger, but I 
don't think I've ever been there 
before 1 a.m., when everything 
else closes," says senior Ben 
Tillman. "If I've been studying 

all night, I've probably worked 
up an appetite. I know that when 
the library closes its doors, I'm 
heading to High Street. " 

Other students flock to the 
giant orange and white 'W for its 
popular breakfast items, served 
from 11:00 p.m. until 11:00a.m. 

"Sometimes I get 
a chicken sandwich 
at 3 a.m., but 
sometimes I get a 

chicken biscuit at 3 

_ »> 

Claron Kim 

"I appreciate that Whataburger 
gives me that choice when most 
fast food restaurants don't," says 
Claron Kim. 

The menu also varies during the 
day, offering patrons a selection of 
cookies or milkshakes, chicken 
strips or chicken salads. "My 
favorite thing to order is cinnamon 
rolls," says senior Erin Giles. 

Some Millsaps students have 

unique reasons for visiting 
Whataburger. "I am a fan of 
Whataburger because they have 
the best ketchup ever," expresses 
freshman Rebecca Behrends. 

Not all students are rabid 
fans of Whataburger, though. 
"Ugh. Whataburger is gross 
and should not be considered 
a source of food at any time of 
the day. Whataburger? More like 
Whatasick! " exclaims junior Jana 

Geoffrey Mo, a freshman, adds 
that restaurants like Whataburger 
take an unethical marketing 
approach. "Staying open 24 hours 
is just a way for them to prey 
on a college student's already 
unhealthy living habits. By eating 
at Whataburger, you are fueling 
their machine!" rages Mo. 

Other students are concerned 
about the health issues surrounding 
late night dining. "Oprah tells me 
it's not good to eat after 7 p.m., so 
even though Whataburger is open 
24 hours, you probably won't see 
me there," warns sophomore Alii 

Since Whataburger 

establishments can be found 
exclusively in only 10 southern 
and western states, some students 
haven't even been exposed to the 
fast food glory called Whataburger. 

"I've never eaten at a 
Whataburger because I'm from 
New Orleans and we've never had 
one down there," explains junior 
Mary Green. 

Other students avoid the 
late night haven because of the 
prices. "Whataburger is so much 
more expensive than Wendy's, 
or Krystals, which is also open 
24 hours a day and is equally 
disgusting," points out senior Joel 

Although some students do 
not consider Whataburger a 
convenient or healthy option, it 
undoubtedly seems to be very 

"I'm not going to lie. I will 
probably eat at Whataburger for 
the rest of my time at Millsaps, 
merely because it's fast, cheap and 
most importantly, open 24 hours 
a day," admits freshman Laura 
Rodriguez. Perhaps Geoffrey Mo 
has a point. 


Sunday 12/11 Wednesday 12/14 

•"Camille" by Jim Fraiser, a 

reading and signing @ 

Lemuria, 5:30 p.m. 
•Open Mic Poetry @ Santiago's, 

9 p.m., free 

Friday 12/9 

'American Analog Set, Chris 
Brokaw @ Hal & Mai's, 
10 p.m. 

►Hypnotic Chickens @ W.C. 

Saturday 12/10 

Miss. Gospel and Bluegrass 
Opry @ the Pearl Community 
Room, 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., 

Greater Belhaven 
Neighborhood Market @ the 
McDade's Fortification Parking 
\ ^Lot, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

►Miss. Ballet Theatre presents 
"The Nutcracker: All Jazzed 
Up" @ Hinds Community 
College (601) 924-1060 

►Mad Happy, Alexander's Dark 
Heart @ Martin's, 8 p.m. 

Monday 12/12 

►Ralph Miller @ Belhaven 

Pharmacy, 11:30 a.m. 
►Chicago Steppin Dance Class 

@ Executive Place, 6:30 p.m. 

Tuesday 12/13 

Play rugby @ Ridgecrest 
Baptist Church, 6 p.m. - 8 
p.m., (601) 842-5703 
Pub Quiz @ Hal & Mai's, $2 to 
play, 8 p.m. 

V s 

•Ironing Board Sam @ 
930 Blues Cafe, 
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., 

•Virgil Brawley's Open 
Mic @ Archestratus, 
7:30 p.m. 

Thursday 12/15 

•Bounds Street @ 
Fenian's, 8 p.m. - 
11 p.m. 

•Scum Gumbo @ Left 
Field, 9 p.m., $5 

The Life 

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Civil Rights film reveals 'Untold Story' 

Paul Dealing 

Managing Editor 

On Aug. 28, 1955, 14-year-old 
Emmett Louis Till, while visiting 
relatives in Money, Miss., was sav- 
agely beaten to death and tied to a 
cotton gin fan before his mutilated 
body was dumped into the Tal- 
lahatchie River. The tragic lynch- 
ing, which played a pivotal role in 
the Civil Rights movement, is the 
subject of a new film by documen- 
tary filmmaker Keith Beauchamp, 
"The Untold Story of Emmett Lou- 
is Till." The film is now showing 
daily at the Northpark Theater in 
Ridgeland, Miss. 

Though the Till murder occurred 
after the Brown v. Board of Educa- 
tion decision, which compelled the 
cessation of segregation in public 
schools, it arrived while the contro- 
versial Jim Crow laws were at their 
height. The laws, whose enforce- 
ment was forbidden in the north- 
ern United States but required in 
the South, encouraged stern poli- 
cies of racial segregation. 

A portion of the laws con- 
cerned the manner in which Af- 
rican Americans were to address 
white people in public. In particu- 
lar, black citizens were to avoid 
eye contact with whites, and were 
to address them only by "yes 
la'am/sir" and "no ma'am/sir." 
On Aug. 24, 1955, three days af- 
Till arrived from Illinois to stay 
with his uncle, he visited a small 
grocery store and attempted to 

buy a piece of candy. The store's 
cashier, Carolyn Bryant, alleged 
that Till did not address her by 
"ma'am" and apparently whistled 
at her flirtatiously - behavior un- 
heard of in the South at the time 
- before being escorted out of the 
store for "unruly behavior." 

News of the occurrence spread 
quickly through the area, with Bry- 
ant's husband and his half-brother 
J.W. Milam launching a campaign 
to locate the boy and "teach him a 
lesson." Around 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 
28, the two men (and likely sev- 
eral others) kidnapped Till from 
his uncle's home and violently 
tortured and killed him. 

When Till's body was located, 
his eyes had been gouged out, all 
but two of his teeth were missing, 
his tongue had been severed, and 
he had been shot in the head. Lo- 
cal law enforcement attempted 
to quickly bury the body with no 
funeral service, but Till's mother 
successfully campaigned to have it 
brought back to Ohio, where she in- 
sisted on an open casket for the gro- 
tesquely beaten corpse, so the world 
could see what had happened to her 
son. Newspapers quickly picked up 
photographs of Till's body, leading 
to newfound northern awareness of 
Southern lynchings. 

Bryant and Milam were quickly 
arrested and tried for kidnapping 
and murder, but were acquitted. 
The jury (which, as was typical 
for the era and location, was all 
male and all white) reached their 

decision almost immediately, but 
the judge forced them to wait an 
hour before it was read so it would 
appear that they had at least held 
brief deliberations. In 1956, Bry- 
ant and Milan admitted in a paid 
interview for "Look" magazine 
that they had murdered Till, fear- 
ing no repercussions since they 
had already been tried once. 

Beauchamp's film, which uses 
archive footage taken just follow- 
ing the murder and newly-assem- 

bled interviews with eyewitnesses 
and family members, is a well-ren- 
dered, frequently emotional exam- 
ination of this shocking crime and 
its historic aftereffects. 

Particularly effective are the in- 
terviews with Till's mother, who 
passed away in 2003, and the 
film's lengthy account of Till's fu- 
neral, when the extent of South- 
ern racism was unforgettably re- 

Among Beauchamp's discover- 

ies is the high likelihood that more 
than two men were involved in 
the lynching, which were a histor- 
ically public event. Beauchamp's 
film helped launch a reopening 
of Till's case, resulting in a new 
investigation into who else may 
have been involved in Till's death 
and calling for their prosecution. 
If those individuals are still alive 
and locatable, justice might finally 
be allowed for a family who has 
so far seen none. 

Promotional Photo 

Emmett Till in a family photo (inset) and the open casket containing his corpse. Photos of the corpse led to 
increased awareness of Southern lynchings and were a contributing factor in the Civil Rights movement. 

tudents prepare for graduate studies 

ansa Bailey 

Staff miter 


While a majority of Millsaps 
students are trying to finish up 
tests and projects before the 
upcoming the Winter break, 
senior Tiffany Hammond is 
trying to make preparations for 
graduate school. 

"I am focused on graduating 
first," says Hammond. "But 
I do have a plan of doing an 
internship at the University of 
Mississippi Medical Center and 
then going straight into medical 

Like Hammond, many 
students are currently 
making decisions about post 
undergraduate study. "I've 
already compiled a list for grad 
school to see what programs I 
might be interested in and what 
their requirements are, but that 
is about it," says sophomore 
Beth Sadler. 

Of course, along with 
the application are 
entrance tests for grad 
studies. Tests such as the 
LSAT for law school or 
the GMAT for business 
school are required 
before admittance. Once 
a student has decided that 
graduate or professional 
school is their next step 
toward a career, the Career 
Center offers tools to help 
students prepare. 

If students are confused, 
lost or just interested in 
finding out more about 
the grad or professional 
school process, they can 
visit the Career Center located 
on the third floor of the College 

"Our doors are always open 
for any questions or concerns. 
We love to help! That's what we 
are here for. I'll be your personal 
career coach," says Lashunda 
Jordan, Career Center career 

The Career Center also has 
books that can be checked 
out that help with personal 
statements, entrance exam prep 
books and CDs, and grad school 
guides. Students can also access 
the Career Center resources 
online through the Millsaps 

A few students have almost 
completed the grador professional 
school process. "I will finish up 
my prerequisites in the spring 
and start pharmacy school in the 
fall," says Sophomore Cassidy 

Many grad schools recommend 

that students get started a year or 
two before their senior year and 
junior Ben Robichaux is doing 
that. "1 am between applying and 
trying to graduate, but I do plan 
on studying this summer for the 
MCAT," says Robichaux. 

Even members of the freshman 
class have started with 
preparations. "Basically, I 
have thought about doing 

an internship for law school," 
says freshman Amy Martin. 

The Writing Center is also 
holding workshops on personal 
statements this year. If students 
would like more information 
about graduate studies, they 
can visit websites such as, www. or www. 

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"The Grinch" 
9 p.m. 

Friday 1 2/9 

12 a.m., 3 p.m. 

A Christmas Story" 
2 a.m., 6 p.m. 
"The Grinch" 
12 p.m., 9 p.m. 

Saturday 12/10 

12 a.m., 3 p.m. 

A Christmas Story" 
2 a.m., 6 p.m. 
"The Grinch" 
12 p.m., 9 p.m. 

Sunday 1 2/ II 

12 a.m., 6 p.m. 

"A Christmas Story" 
2 a.m., 3 p.m. 

1 2 p.m., 9 p.m 

"The Grinch" 

Monday 12/12 

12 a.m. 
1 :30 am 

"A Christmas Story" 
7 p.m. 

"Charlie and the 
Chocolate Factory" 
9 p.m. 

"The Grinch" 

Tuesday 12/13 

12 a.m., 9 p.m. 
"A Christmas Story" 
2 a.m. 

"Charlie and the 
Chocolate Factory" 
7 p.m. 

"The Grinch" 

Wednesday 12/14 

12 a.m.,9 p.m. 
"Charlie and the 
Chocolate Factory" 

2 a.m. 

"The Grinch" 
7 p.m. 

"A Christmas Story" 

Thursday 12/15 

1 2 a.m. 

"The Grinch" 
2 a.m. 

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In the Bleachers 

The craps shoot 
system of the NFL 



At times, a regular season 
Major League Baseball or NBA 
game can seem meaningless. 
Divisions are won by double- 
digit margins, and the seasons 
are 162 games and 82, respec- 

In stark contrast, the NFL 
and college football seasons 
are a fraction of that time. 
Every game is vital. Year after 
year teams miss the playoffs or 
miss being bowl eligible by one 
or two games. A single play, 
significant injury or coaching 
decision can change a team's 
fate instantly. 

However, for similar leagues 
with similar high stakes week 
in and week out, there lies a 
huge discrepancy in a set of 
important rules that are inte- 
gral in deciding games every 
season. This set of rules per- 
tains to the regulations of over- 
time in the NFL. 

Currently, the NFL allots one 
overtime period of 15 minutes 
if a contest is tied at the end of 
four quarters of play. A coin is 
flipped, and the winner of the 
coin toss is allowed to choose 
to play offense or defense. If 
the period ends scoreless, the 
game ends in a tie. The first 
team to get on the scoreboard 
wins the game, regardless if 
only one team has had the ball. 

The current system puts too 
much emphasis on the coin 
toss. With place kickers nailing 
50-plus yard field goals routine- 
ly, the team who wins the coin 
toss is a long kickoff return or 
big play from pulling off a 3- 
point victory. This system is 
equivalent to the visiting team 
scoring and not permitting the 
home team to come to bat in a 
baseball game. The system is 
unjust, anticlimactic and ludi- 

The NFL should adopt a sys- 
tem similar to that which col- 
lege football currently utilizes 
for overtime. The winner of the 
coin toss should get the ball at 
the 50-yard line (avoiding easy 
field goals without moving the 
ball). The other team should 
have a chance to match the 
points scored by the first team 
and play these periods until a 
score is not matched or is 

Usually, the magic number 
of wins in the NFL to become 
playoff eligible is nine. With 
numerous games requiring 
overtime, the "craps shoot" 
that is the current system is 
unequal to the magnitude of 
the importance of each game. 
When it is required to win over 
half of all scheduled games in 
order to advance to the play- 
offs, a faulty system such as 
this must be recognized and 
proactively changed. 

Men's hoops team off to a fast start 

Eric Sumrall 

Staff Writer 

Millsaps continues to build team 
chemistry as the Majors prepare for 
conference play which will begin 
on Jan. 3. 

Sophomore Edrick Montgomery 
says, "Team chemistry is the key to 
our success. We have a lot of new 
players, so team chemistry is 

Lorenzo Bailey, another sopho- 
more, says, "We've got to come 
together as a team. There is no T 
in team. We need to improve the 
flow of our offense. Most of our 
points come off of turnovers and 
the fast break." 

As they draw closer to SCAC 
opener against Oglethorpe, head 
coach Tim Wise recognizes the 
strength of the teams in the confer- 
ence. "I would say all 10 teams in 
the conference have improved. We 
were picked by league coaches to 
finish sixth in the SCAC this year. 
We are somewhere in the middle of 
the pack in our conference," he 

The Majors, 5-3, traveled to 
Holly Springs on Tuesday, losing in 
their rematch with Rust College. 
Now they must travel to 
Birmingham, Ala., to play Division 
I Birmingham-Southern on Dec. 19. 

The Millsaps men's basketball 
team began its season in grand 
fashion at the University of Dallas 
Classic on Nov. 19-20. 

The Majors started the Classic 

with a 16-point win over Austin 
College followed by a 60-57 win over 
the host, the University of Dallas. 

The Majors carried this momen- 
tum from the Dallas Classic into a 
victory during their next game 
against in-state rival Rust College, 
winning on a last second shot, 75- 

Finally, at the Benchmark 
Construction Roundball Classic 
held at Millsaps on Dec. 3-4, the 
Majors played games against the 
Piedmont Lions and Belhaven 
Blazers. Before the Classic, Coach 
Tim Wise said, "These will be very 
good tests." 

photo by Jason Jarin 
Senior Tyler Warren goes up for the shot against Belhaven defenders 
Saturday night, scoring for the Majors. Millsaps went on to lose the 
contest by a score of 71-67. 


Unfortunately, the Majors three- 
game winning streak was snapped 
in the opening game of the Cabot 
Lodge Turkey Shootout held at 
Millsaps. The Majors found them- 
selves on the losing end of a last 
second shot against Fisk University 
losing 68-70, but they followed 
their loss to Fisk with a 23-point 
win over Wesley College in the 
Hanger Dome with a final score of 

Coming into the game against 
Millsaps, the Piedmont Lions had 
won their last three games, scoring 
100 or more points in their last two 
games. The Majors were disruptive 
on defense throughout the game, 
forcing many turnovers. The Lions 
kept the game close by shooting 10 
of 20 from behind the 3-point line. 
Piedmont led at the half 38-37. 

Millsaps pulled ahead midway 
through the second half and held 
off a run by the Lions with a pair of 

Women's basketball team 2-1, Lady 
Majors confident but not satisfied 

Tyler O'Hara 

Staff Writer 

Beginning the season 3-1, the 
Lady Majors are confident that they 
can finish better than predicted. 

Pollsters picked Millsaps to fin- 
ish eighth in the SCAC in the pre- 
season. The Lady Majors are field- 
ing a young team with four fresh- 
men who either start or play signif- 
icant minutes. 

While a 3-1 record is plenty rea- 
son to feel good, the Lady Majors 
certainly are not getting ahead of 
themselves. "The first three games 
are just getting into it, getting a feel 
for things," admits junior forward 
Leslie Frese. 

Jessica Bowie, a freshman post 
player for Millsaps agrees. "I think 
a lot of it is team chemistry, build- 
ing trust. The team is finally start- 
ing to read each other, whether a 
girl is going to cut left or right is the 
kind of thing you learn with time." 

Coaches are notorious for not 
tipping their hand early in the sea- 
son, but head coach Robin Jeffries 
admits there are certainly reasons 
for the team to be confident. "I feel 
our defense is going to help us and 
our rebounding as well," comments 

While defense and rebounding 
are two of the best ways to a 
coach's heart, the Lady Majors 
must find more ways to the basket. 

The team shot only 31 percent from 
the field in its first three games. 

"I am concerned about not being 
able to put the ball in the hole," 
Jeffries admits. "Our shots are 
rolling around right now and not 
falling enough." 

No one seems to be panicking 
about the shooting slump however, 
as the team has plenty of time to 
improve. "We will continue to shoot 
every day at practice and hope that 
gets better," comments Jeffries. 

The Lady Majors opened their 
season on the road as the team trav- 
eled to Montgomery, Ala., to play in 
the Huntingdon Tournament on Nov. 
18. In their opener against Rust 
College, the Lady Majors fell by a 
score of 55-46. "It was a tough loss 
because we knew we were a better 
team than them," recalls Bowie. 

Senior post player Miranda Rosar 
showed she was ready to build on 
her success from last season by 
scoring 13 points and grabbing 13 
rebounds in the loss. 

Millsaps came out with a 
vengeance in their second game 
against Huntingdon, coming away 
with their first win of the season, 
67-51. There were plenty of high- 
lights and solid play to go around 
for the Lady Majors. Bowie led all 
scorers with 18 points. Rosar got 
her second double-double of the 
year with 17 points and 11 
rebounds, while freshman point 

guard Lindsay Alderman chipped in 
14 points as well. 

On Nov. 22, Millsaps won their 
home re-match against Rust 
College, this time at home. Frese 
sums up the win as the team stick- 
ing to their strengths and playing 
smart basketball. "It really felt like 
we didn't make as many turnovers, 
and we rebounded well. We had a 
lot of support from the crowd, too. 
That was probably another factor 
for us," she adds. 

Rosar continued her string of 
double-doubles, scoring 19 points 
and collecting 12 rebounds. Senior 
forward Martha McDaniel scored 14 
points, shooting 50 percent from 
behind the arc. "Any win feels 
great, but it was great to win this 
one at home," replies Bowie. 

During practice, the team will 
continue to work on shooting, exe- 
cuting the offense and limiting 
turnovers. "I feel like we're going in 
the right direction. We're only get- 
ting better," offers Frese. 

It certainly appears that more 
wins are in the future for the Lady 
Majors. Jeffries acknowledges that 
her team's greatest strengths are 
their attitude and desire. "Winning 
is always a great thing, home or 
away. I think the excitement should 
always be there and the will to win 
be even greater. " 

Major Basketball Athlete 


Name: Edrick Montgomery- 
Class: Sophomore 
Height: 6'5" 
Position: Forward 
Hometown: Jackson, Miss. 

Major: Psychology and Political 

Future Plans: Play basketball or 


Food: Red Beans and Rice 

Caf food: Cheesecake 

Drink: Cran-Grape or Cranapple Juice 

Restaurant: Stix 

Professor: Dr. Suzanne Woodward 
Book: "A Raisin in the Sun" 
Movie: "The Color Purple" 
TV Show: "The Golden Girls" 
Band: No Doubt 
Sport to Watch: Basketball 

Sport to Play: Basketball 

Montgomery has served as the leading rebounder and one of the leading scorers 
for the Millsaps Majors basketball team so far this season. His presence on the court has 
gr eatly contributed to the success of the Majors in 2005. The team is off to a 5-3 record^ . 

threes from Justin Leblanc, who 
finished with 17 points. The Majors 
never trailed after that point. In the 
end, Tyler Warren made several 
clutch free throws late in the game. 
The Majors were victorious, 82-76. 
Warren led all scorers with 25 
points. Edrick Montgomery led the 
team in rebounds with 12. 

Of the Belhaven Blazers, 
Millsaps' cross-town rivals, Coach 
Wise says, "Belhaven is very good. 
They have a new coach and a new 
system. They have also played sev- 
eral Division I schools." 

Millsaps held a steady lead 
throughout the first half of the game 
with Belhaven. The momentum of 
the game shifted when a Belhaven 
player hit a 3-pointer in the closing 
seconds of the first half. 

Tyler Warren hit a clutch 3-pointer 
followed by a 2-point shot in traffic to 
tie the score late in the game, the 
Blazers pulled ahead for good, win- 
ning the game 71-67. 

Montgomery led the team in scor- 
ing with 15 points. Warren, 
Montgomery and Rodney Rogan tied 
for the team lead in rebounding 
with six rebounds apiece. 

Major Calendar 

Men's Basketball: 

- Millsaps College at 
Birmingham Southern 
Dec. 19, 7 p.m. 

Women's Basketball: 

- Millsaps College at 
Birmingham Southern 
Dec. 11, TBA 

- Millsaps College at University 
of Dallas Tournament 

Dec. 16-17, TBA 

- Millsaps College at Las Vegas 

Dec. 19-23, TBA 

Last Week's Scores 

Men's Basketball 

W - Piedmont College, 82-76 
L - Belhaven College, 71-67 
L - Rust College, 79-73 

Women's Basketball 

W - Rust College, 70-65 

2005 All-SCAC 


Connell Phillips - First Team 

Offense (Lineman) 

Todd Rhoden - First Team 

Defense (Punter) 

Jay Buck - Second Team 

Offense (Lineman) 

Tyson Roy - Second Team 

Offense (Running Back) 

Ray Kline - Second Team 

Defense (Defensive Back) 

Ross Rutledge - Second 

Team Defense (Defensive 


David Cutter - Honorable 
Mention (Defensive End) 
Matt Foisy - Honorable 
Mention (Wide Receiver) 
Josh Hanna - Honorable 
Mention (Defensive Back) 
Eric McCarty - Honorable 
Mention (Wide Receiver) 
Neil Woodall - Honorable 
Mention (Full Back) 

Men's Soccer: 

Heath Smith - Third Team 

Women's Soccer: 

Callie Roth - Third Team 


Jennifer Pujol - Third Team 
(Middle Blocker) 
Ashley Weber - Third Team 
(Outside Hitter) 




Men's Basketball 
Squad hangs on 
for conference win 
over DePauw 

Page 8 

The Li 

New SBA Executive 
Board takes office 
with new initiative 
Page 7 


The 2006 Winter 
Olympics heats up 
the season 

Page 4 


Isreal Scott and 
Michael Franklin 
discuss religion and 
the Middle East 

Page 2 

January 26, 2006, Volume 71, No. 13 I ^ — ' * — ' _LJ L 

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Millsaps campus receives facelift 

Luke Darby 


After being gone for four weeks, 
students returning to Millsaps 
found the campus was not quite 
how they remembered it. 

During the holiday break, 
Millsaps maintenance and 
grounds crews, along with various 
private contractors, completed 
the first of many planned 
landscaping renovations from Dr. 
Frances Lucas' "Million Dollar 
Enhancement List." 

The $1 million was given 
to the school by the Board of 
Trustees. Dean Todd Rose says 
the enhancements will not only 
improve the college's face value 
and the overall experience for 
current students but will also 
increase the appeal to prospective 

The most noticeable of the 
work done on campus, the new 
gazebo and flowerbeds between 
Ezelle and New South dorms, was 
actually a gift from the Student 
Body Association to the school. 
Also added to the campus are 
trees along the fence of the Bacot 
parking lot and the repaving of the 
parking lot under the Academic 

However, some students are not 
impressed with the work. Several 
trees between the south side 
dorms were felled to make room 
for the gazebo and flowerbeds. 
Sophomore Petra Vackova laments 
the lack of trees and shade. 

"I really appreciate the effort 
to beautify the landscape around 
the campus, but I don't think the 
trees should have been cut down, 
at least all at the same time," she 

Photo by Mark Trahan 

The new gazebo, a part of the South Side Renovation effort, provides a rustic outdoor meeting place as 
Sohomores Freddie Brackin and Mark Kearns demonstrate. 


Also at issue is the size of the 
funds allocated to the projects. 
Freshman Michael Cotten says, "I 
think the money would be better 
spent on academic endeavors 
rather than pansies." 

Dean Rose says several other 
projects have been completed and 
still more are underway. Unused 
sidewalks on the south side will 
be removed. Plans are in the 
works to redesign the New South 
dorm lobby. Irrigation systems 
will be added to the area between 
the Christian Center and the south 

side residence halls. Two tiled halls 
in the Christian Center have been 
carpeted and three classrooms 
have been repainted and had their 
blackboards repaired. 

A new Millsaps sign will go up 
at Riverside Drive to establish it 
as a legitimate entrance, and the 
dirt road from Riverside to Cabot 
Lodge will be filled in. 

Various second and third floor 
rooms in the Academic Complex 
will also be carpeted. Landscaping 
will be done to the area between 
the Wilson Library and the 
sorority lodges, and new irrigation 

systems will be installed around 
the library. 

Model rooms in the freshmen 
dorms for tours have been 
redesigned, and soon the hallways 
leading to those rooms will also 
be redone. There are also plans 
to design new exteriors for both 
Bacot and Franklin and to rework 
lobbies of both. 

"We're also expecting new 
benches and trashcans to be 
placed throughout the campus," 
adds Dean Rose. 

Controversy: Jackson Mayor displaces tenants 

Miriam Gray 

Opinions Editor 

Although widely known for his 
stand against crime, Frank Melton 
has taken up a new endeavor. 

In an effort to fix what he 
considers a major housingproblem, 
Melton shut down the Jackson 
Apartments complex located on 
Maple Street. Melton's action has 
received mixed responses from 
members of the community. 

"I have no objections against 
the mayor, but I believe he is 
approaching this situation in the 
wrong manner," says Andrew 
Moore, owner of Jackson 

Apartments. "The mayor and 
I need to sit down and have a 
conversation about what we 
can do together concerning this 

Moore cites crime, drug 
infestation and a lack of home care 
knowledge as the causes of the 
dilapidated complex. "This place 
would be booming if it did not 
have crime and vandalism. People 
want to feel safe and secure in their 
homes. I would like to hold a press 
conference and ask the Mayor what 
will he and the police force do to 
protect my $500,000 investment in 
this complex," he says. 

In a recent online story by 

WLBT News about the apartment 
complex, Melton said, "People in 
Jackson are not going to live like 
that. We've got a lot of activity 
over there that we are just going 
to have to correct." 

Moore affirmed that a sewer 
line system has been replaced, pest 
control has sprayed the apartments, 
the complex is not closed down 
and he can still take tenants. 

Despite the improvements, 
Moore currently has no tenants. "I 
am still standing with no tenants. I 
will not give up," proclaims Moore. 

There has been tremendous 
hype surrounding this issue and 
the political figures involved. What 

about the people who actually 
lived in the complex? 

The Clarion-Ledger quotes Ward 
2 councilman Leslie McLemore, 
"It has been just a TV opportunity. 
I'm ashamed that it's been such a 
public spectacle." 

Nosha Robinson, a Millsaps 
freshman and Jackson native 
worries about the tenants, "If 
people are having to move they 
should be provided somewhere 
that is stable and permanent. They 
should be provided somewhere 
better," she says. 

Mayor continued on page 3 

MC Law School plans to offer annual 
scholarship to Millsaps graduates 

Glen Mcleod 



Photo courtesy of Kyle Doherty 
The Pre-Law President Oghale Ighoavodha, Millsaps President Lu- 
cas and Dean Rosenblatt of the MC Law School celebrate the law 
school's new scholarship for Millsaps graduates. 

Millsaps prides itself over 
the high acceptance rates of its 
graduates to schools of higher 
learning— whether they be 
graduate, medical or law schools. 
Recently, the Mississippi College 
School of Law has ensured that at 
least one or two Millsaps students 
will be one step closer to making a 
vocational dream come true. 

Beginning this spring, the 
School of Law will be awarding 
a full scholarship to two Millsaps 
students in what is planned to 
become an annual tradition. 

The offer has delighted 
members of the Millsaps 
community. Oghale Ighoavodha, 
a sophomore and president of the 
Phi Alpha Delta Pre law Society, 
says, " [The scholarship] is a great 
thing. Going to law school for free 

is almost unheard of." 

Perhaps what is more 
surprising is the ease of the 
application process for the 
scholarship. What the school of 
law is essentially interested in 
is "an exceptional application," 
Ighoavodha notes. In addition to 
the applicant's cumulative grade 
point average and LSAT score, 
letters of recommendation from 
undergraduate faculty, leadership 
positions held and involvement 
in community service will also 
be carefully considered. The 
application deadline is Feb. 1 . 

The dean of the Mississippi 
College School of Law, Mr. Jim 
Rosenblatt, says that he believes 
this scholarship will "encourage 
students who are serious about 
attending law school. 

Law continued on page 3 


January 26, 2006 • The Purple & White 


Contact Opinions Miriam Gray 

P&W Editorial Board makes changes for 2006 

Over the past year and a half the Purple and White has been running a weekly editorial board article. The article is supposed to represent the cumulative 
view of the editors of the P&W. The process of writing the piece begins on Tuesday night when we lay out the paper for the upcoming issue. We discuss 
ideas for our possible editorial by reviewing the articles that will run in the next week. The editor that feels the most strongly about the idea usually writes 
the article. After finishing the piece, it is circulated around the editors for everyone's approval. In that way it is said to incorporate the view of the entire 
editorial board. 

Unfortunately, it is impossible to encompass the views of ten or more people in one editorial. So, the 2006 P&W Editorial Board has decided to abolish the 
editorial board article or only run one when we as a unit feel strongly about an issue. 

Who can be trusted in the 
Middle East? 

Michael Franklin 


"Two of the defense lawyers in the Saddam Hussein tria have been mur- 
dered" you say? When I heard this statement for the first time, I recog- 
nized it would be nearly impossible to find out who ordered the kill. 

This statement along with a number of other reasons shows that the 
United States is unreliable in the Middle East. It goes without saying that 
oil is the main reason. In addition, Saddam Hussein's trial serves as an 
uncooperative marionette to legitimize the occupation of Iraq and a 
springboard for future American involvement in the Middle East. 

First, let me explain why recent events suggest the US should not be 
trusted in ancient Mesopotamia. During the 1980s the Reagan administra- 
tion sold weapons and intelligence to Iran and Iraq. Reagan's administra- 
tion also sold Iraq weapons to use in its war against Iran while simultane- 
ously selling Iran weapons in exchange for American hostages in Lebanon. 
It is not improbable to think that the weapons used to kill the 148 people 
in Dujail, for which Saddam Hussein is being charged, were marked with 
"Born in the USA." A two-faced ally cannot lend a selfless hand. 

The second reason the United States should not be trusted in Iraq con- 
cerns the two Persian Gulf Wars. Saddam Hussein racked up enormous 
debts fighting the war with Iran. Seeking surefire economic gain, Hussein 
invaded the tiny oil-rich nation of Kuwait. There was some justification 
in that Kuwait had been part of Iraq long ago, but I agree it is certainly 
wrong to invade another country. However, it is completely ironic that the 
United States would discredit a nation's right to seize land which belonged 

to another people. Consider how this nation replaced another. The United 
States mobilized and liberated Kuwait in a 100-hour bombing assault. 

Kuwait was the only Arab nation to support the United States invasion 
of Iraq in 2003 on trumped up charges of procuring weapons of mass 
destruction. Granted, Iraq probably had WMDs, but they were more like- 
ly in the Christmas package from Reagan's administration in the 1980s. 

Now after "liberating" Iraq by ousting Saddam Hussein, the United 
States is currently establishing a democracy as well as a willing and able 
military. There are not many close comparisons to the war in Vietnam, but 
the Bush policy echoes "Vietnamization." The Bush plan is too eerily sim- 
ilar to the Nixon Doctrine in that the United States should occupy 
Vietnam, and now Iraq, until the Vietnamese can run their own anti-com- 
munist nation. Sure, Iraqis want democracy whereas the Vietnamese did 
not so much, but let us remember our most recent and memorable mili- 
tary defeat. 

The coverage and reports we get from the trial are edited for theatrical 
purposes. Hussein now claims he has been beaten while being detained, 
and he has previously been allowed to boycott his own trial. The question 
I ask is this: Who is in charge of the proceedings? If so much evidence 
amounted against the ousted leader then why is the trial taking so long? 
President Bush has made the following paraphrased statement: we must 
understand that this is the guy, Hussein, who tried to kill my daddy. 
Similarly, Hussein supposedly attacked Dujail as a result of an attack on 
his own life there during the early 1980s. With these hypocritical events 
realized it is hard to say whether Saddam Hussein can receive a fair trial. 

I am glad that Hussein and his militant regime have been ousted from 
power. I am overjoyed at the fact that Iraq is enjoying, for the moment any- 
way, a form of democracy. I am upset at the facts surrounding previous 
and current encounters with the country and the former president. We 
were two-faced weapons dealers in the 1980s, and then we buddied up 
with Kuwait against Iraq in the early 1990s using their allegiance in 2003 
to justify attacking Iraq. I see this most recent underhanded deal in the 
Middle East as not only securing more favor with the Kuwaiti and Iraqi 
governments but using these relationships against Iran. 

Remember the good ol' Axis of Evil? Well our troops are already in the 
area, so why would we not go ahead and knock out another spoke in the 
wheel? Of course my sarcasm pervades, but this is what I fear. I don't want 
another East Coast versus West Coast faceoff. Biggie and Tupac died in our 
own American version. What will happen as the US forces Western val- 
ues and ideals on Eastern culture? I'm afraid that it will not be big names 
that get caught in the crossfire, but, it will be you and me. 

Christianity should not be 
taken lightly 

Isreal Scott 


During the Fall term, I wrote an article that urged hypocritical 
Christians, especially those in college, to step up to the front line and 
become true soldiers for Christ. 

Though carrying a harsh tone, the article was written with care and 
concerns for God's kingdom and those who have the ability but not yet 
the will to help build it. 

I touched on areas in college life that were most visible to me as well 
as other members of the Millsaps community. 

Students from the city of Jackson or those who are from thousands of 
miles away do in fact hold positions as praise and worship leaders, dea- 
cons, ushers, ministers, while living lives contrary to the teachings of 
Christ. Whether it be a life filled with lying, pre-marital sex (with the same 
sex or opposite sex), smoking, drunkeness, or obscene Facebo